RoomSixty has been running for twelve years. It was started by the congregation with the vision of meeting the needs of the young people in the parish. In 2019 funding was provided by funders with donations from church members.
RoomSixty provides a vibrant youth development programme addressing issues which are important and relevant to the young people and provides opportunities to help them achieve their fullest potential. Sessions are regularly attended by fifteen to twenty young people led by one full-time youth and community worker, one student youth worker (on placement) and a team of trained volunteers (including peer volunteers at junior sessions).
Find out more about RoomSixty on their website www.roomsixty.co.uk
We have formed strong relationships with our local primary and secondary schools and run a range of activities linked to their work.
For example we run a weekly Homework Club in RoomSixty, helping P5-P7 children who have difficulties completing homework at home due to the lack of a quiet place to study or parental support.
we are also involved in running lunchtime groups at the local primary and secondary schools.
The drop-in sessions on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday are open to young people from the local area to provide them with a safe place to meet with friends, opportunities to engage in activities and also to build positive relationships from the youth workers and volunteers.
As part of national and local efforts to involve children in sport our youth worker and sessional worker lead weekly football training for twenty to twenty-five children from the community.
Holiday Clubs are an opportunity for our youth workers and church to come together to provide a week full of activities for local children. A day at holiday club typically consists of games, activities, songs, fun, a Bible story and a snack.
Our youth workers also run mentoring sessions for young people who attend their activities. Young people benefit from the one to one support and guidance from our youth workers and use the time to develop positive relationships and be a role model to the young people ensuring young people feel they have someone they can speak to when life gets difficult.
We organise residential camps each year taking groups to Christian outdoor activity centres including Auchenfoyle, Gowanbank, Rock Nations and Soul Survivor.
The young people who attend these camps benefit from trying out new sports, discovering new skills and building self-confidence.
In recent years we have taken young people to events such as Soul Survivor and SU Ayrshire Camps. These events give young people the opportunity to meet other Christians, learn more about God and spend time in worship. There are also loads of fun activities going on during the day such as a silent disco, outdoor activities and movies.