Girls Club at The Vennie

Girls Club at The Vennie is on every Thursday at 5.30 – 8.30pm. Here are a few pictures from the girls club Halloween party and some pictures of a recent outing to Beecraigs Country Park.

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Santa’s Grotto

The Vennie are hosting Santa’s Grotto in Knightsridge Community Garden on Friday 16th December from 2pm-5pm. Please purchase tickets before the event to avoid disappointment as we have limited availability. Come and see Santa who will give you a present.
Tickets £2 can be purchased from the Vennie or Vennie staff. Contact methods: 01506 432 094, admin@thevennie.co.uk or by our facebook page.

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The Vennie’s new sign

This is the Vennie’s new sign. This was kindly created and donated by John (Sandy) Sandieson form Safety First Window Films and Macsigns. The Vennie Youth Committee the Vennie Voice has been working on improvements in and around the Vennie, and this is one of the fruits of their labour.  A huge thank you from all the young people and staff at the vennie, for this wonderful gesture for Sandy.

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Award for best Community Garden in West Lothian

The Knightsridge Vennie Communty Garden has won the West Lothian Gardens competition award for best Community Garden in the County. What a magnificent achievement for the Garden and the Knightsridge Community. Well done to all concerned!
For more information on how you can become involved in the garden please contact The Vennie on 01506 432094 or pop in to the garden.

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Work Wise Group

Are you finding it difficult to get a job? Does your CV need updating? Then come along to the Vennie Work Wise for all the help, advice and support you need. 12pm – 3pm every Tuesday afternoon. You can get help with CVs, cover letters, applications forms, interview techniques, mock interviews and much more.
For more information, contact The Vennie on 01506 432094.

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The Vennie BBQ 2016

Cracking day at the Vennie BBQ on Friday the 26th of August. Throughout the day 180 people turned up to be entertained by Balloon Modelling, Disco, Face painting and Hoola Hooping. We would like to thank the local community for their continued support.

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Moving On Up Musical

“Moving On Up” to Deans. FREE tickets (normally £5) to friends of The Vennie Youth Club. Come along and see this musical “The Wiz” D.C.H.S. Monday 10th Oct at 1pm, Motown version of the Wizard of Oz. The Vennie will provide free transport to the school and back… Email: admin@thevennie or Tel: 01506 432094 to claim yours.

Volunteers receive Saltire Awards

Two extremely conscientious young people have devoted their time to volunteering at the Vennie Youth Club. Scott Forbes and Ethan Elliott asked if they could volunteer their time to help and assist at some of our clubs. They also were heavily involved in our Youth Council and decision making processes that were carried out at these meetings. They initially received a Saltire award for 10 hours volunteering. They have now moved on to complete 25 hours volunteering and were presented with their certificates at our Easter Programme sports day.

Pictured with the boys are Tom Heron Coordinator and Anne Magee student placement from Edinburgh University who worked with the boys and Laura McLean to set up the Youth Council.

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Young Scot-X-Route

The Vennie were asked if they wanted to take part in a piece of work in partnership with Young Scot, the youth organisation based in Edinburgh who work nationwide.  This particular piece of work dovetailed nicely into our bike project and also coincided with some of the work we have been doing with our Youth Committee.  Principally the work was concerned with asking young people about routes and paths that took them to their intended destinations.  It was concerned about the barriers and restrictions that exist on these paths and routes.  This work will be followed up by the young peoples findings at an event in the near future.

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Current Drug trends update

The Vennie staff attended an update on current trends relating to the drug scene in West Lothian and further afield.  The drug information was provided by Kathleen Mathieson from West Lothian Drug & Alcohol Service.  As well as categories and classification of drugs, we learned about New Psychoactive Substances (N.P.S.) or Legal Highs.  This workshop adds to the further development and up-skilling and capacity building of Vennie staff.

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