Membership of Paisley YMCA
What is the role?
Who are they?
What can I gain?
When can I volunteer?
This role is entirely online until the pandemic is no longer an issue.
Paisley YMCA seeks new members to support us encouraging young people to live by Christian values – in particular:
• behaving towards others as they would be behaved towards;
• encouraging this in others; and
• supporting people in need regardless of their personal characteristics or affiliations.
We are an organisation based on living by and promoting Christian values, open for membership to people aged 16 and over of all faiths and of none.
We recognise all the needs of young people – spiritual, social, educational and physical – and our conception of the Christian life embraces the wholesome satisfaction of them all.
We need the support of people, regardless of their religious beliefs, who share these values, so that:
We’re held accountable in terms of these values; and we can draw on the ideas and time of other people who share these values, so helping us to develop.
We don’t want your money!
There’s no fee to pay in joining us. We do want just a little of your time (more if you have it of course, but membership is for us a values-based fellowship with minimal obligations).
The role of Paisley YMCA’s Members includes:
Promoting the work and values of Paisley YMCA;
Participation in general meetings in fellowship with others affirming our values;
Receiving reports on Paisley YMCA’s work, for example its community learning and development programmes and services;
Suggesting as appropriate potential improvements to services; and
Attending the Annual General Meeting to elect office-bearers and the Board of Paisley YMCA.
If you join us but then find you don’t have the time or don’t want to remain a member, then you don’t even have to resign – we’ll assume your membership has lapsed if you miss three successive meetings without submitting apologies.
If you believe as we do in the value for young people of youth work, which supports the development of skills and character, then we need you and want you to be part of our fellowship.
About this organisation
Purpose of Paisley YMCA – www.paisleyymca.org
Paisley YMCA is a digital youth organisation and our aim to support and develop young people to reach their full potential through digitally based cultural and educational projects and programmes that develop an entrepreneurial spirit through our iEnterprise youth business incubator and Makerspace programme, a DIY environment where young people gather to create, invent using digital technology.
Our main activities currently in response to COVID 19 are online STEAM based education and social activity to young people aged 8-24 years from across Renfrewshire are as follows.
COVID 19-Activity@Makerspace - Online
Monday – electronic makers club - projects to work on at home via ZOOM
Tuesday - Advanced Code Club
Wednesday - STEM Girls - Zoom Meet-ups, Girls Who Code
Thursday – Youth committee – Zoom Meet-up’s
Friday Night Bytes - Minecraft Education, Games
Saturday - Digital Design Juniors
COVID-19 Outreach Activity
The Makerspace@Home Kit, support’s young people with no access to digital devices and no Internet connection at home to continue learning STEM based activity at home. The kit consists of a microcontroller such as a BBC Microbit or mini computer, activity sheets, electronic components and other maker materials.
The Laptop Loan Scheme, out of 300 young people that would normally attend the Makerspace over half of them have internet access at home but no Wi-Fi enabled device, so we want to help them access Makerspace online during this period of lock down.
The Virtual Reality Youth Club, to address social distancing, remaining in contact while in lock down and once out of lock down as a social and collaborative learning space as a result of the impact of social measuring in schools, libraries and public spaces.
Prior to the pandemic we supposed young people aged 8-24 years living in areas of deprivation across Renfrewshire identified as young carers, young people living in a single parent income family, looked after by grandparents, young people from BME communities, unemployed and those with a physical or learning disability benefit most from the work of our organisation.
Prior to COVID-19 attended our digital Makerspace, code club outreach programme across Renfrewshire libraries or through our STEM programme in secondary schools across Renfrewshire was 300 young people per week over a 6 day programme of activity.
Since the lockdown through our COVID-19 online and offline activity we currently support 138 young people across Renfrewshire aged 8-24 who now benefit from the work of our organisation.
Virtual walk through of Makerspace Paisley
What could you gain?
- Free access to our Makerspace and all equipment, lots of training opportunities using technology and youth work training.
- The opportunity to travel abroad via the World YMCA.
- Practical skills that link to your choses course of studies at UWS.
14 William Street
When can I volunteer?
Skills in accounting, leadership and management, social media, working with young people, experience and skills in STEM, coding, programming, technology, business, enterprise, charitable governance.
Please note that we seek your time not just your skills so don’t worry if none of the above applies.
Requirements for starting the role
Please complete membership application online