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31/08/2012
The BIG Project's 10th birthday tomorrow!

Our BIG T Party this Saturday, 1st September at 10 am prompt is an opportunity to look back at all of the activities and achievements of the children and young people who have been or are members the BIG Project.

The programme will feature performances by The BIG Project Youth Choir and also the Junior Dance Group as well as DVDs of our work. 

We will have a birthday cake and then tea, juice and cake will be served in the Dining Hall. 

We hope to see you there!

Talking about the 10th Birthday of The BIG Project, Francis Farmer, Chairperson, said: 

“It is ten years since The BIG project was set up to do something about a lack of facilities for young people and the impact this was having on levels of youth crime in the area. The children and young people we work with often have pretty challenging home lives, and of course there is a direct link between poor attendance at school and the high levels of unemployment in the local community. We want to give local youngsters the best possible opportunities. They make up a big portion of the local community, with almost a quarter of the population being under 15 years old. Providing them with positive things to do clearly makes a difference to their lives, but it also has a knock on effect to the whole community and that is fantastic to see.”

Children and young people aged 5-18 years have access to a whole range of activities at the new primary school campus at the heart of Broomhouse, and the emphasis is always on learning, achieving having fun and feeling good about themselves. With sports, music and arts activities on offer there is something for everyone. The BIG Project Youth Choir represented Edinburgh at Edinburgh Castle as part of the Olympic Torch Relay and later represented Scotland singing "O Flower Of Scotland" in the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games.  A mix of group tuition and one to one support is available and more intensive work is done through residential provision, all of which engender a great sense of stability and continuity for local children and young people, many of whom experience social exclusion and discrimination at a variety of levels.

One of The BIG Project's funders, Mary Craig OBE, Chief Executive of Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland, said: “When children grow up in families and communities where there is little expectation they will get a job it can be an uphill struggle for them to aspire to a better future for themselves. The BIG Project does excellent work in an area where many people suffer from poor health and the effects of poverty, and the fact that over 150 young people use their services every week speaks volumes as we all know young people are very good at voting with their feet."

For further information about The BIG Project, please contact Sascha Macleod, Project Manager on 0131 622 7784 or bigproject@hotmail.co.uk 



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