Young Placechangers: Heart & Sound Dunfermline

Heart and Sound is a youth work and creative media charity based in Dunfermline, Fife. Heart & Sounds have a three special groups “Youth Boards” of young people who help make decisions about projects we run, staff we hire, give feedback on the work and take part in blue sky thinking for the future.

It was members of the Sports/diversionary activities/skate reach youth board who first got involved with the Young Placechangers Programme.  In June 2018, two young people and a youth worker from Heart & Sound took part in a Young Placechangers Residential training weekend. Following the weekend Heart and Sound secured a Young Placechangers Seedcorn grant (£500) to take forward their place changing idea:

“We wanted to make Heart and Sound a little bit greener and create a usable outdoor space where we can deliver projects, sit outside and enjoy some fresh air”

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Young People Changing Dunfermline

“It’s helped our guys realise that they have a voice, and by using it they are able to bring change to the area where they live – their opinions matter, and by seeing their ideas come to fruition, it helps to prove to them that their opinions matter” quote from youth worker

In 2016, greenspace scotland worked with a range of partners on a town centre placemaking project designed and led by young people. This is part of our national partnership work with Youth Scotland. The Dunfermline project used our community placemaking tools, along with the Place Standard and the Town Centre Toolkit, and a range of youth engagement and youth work techniques and approaches. Our partners in Dunfermline were Youth First and two local youth projects – Fairway Fife and Headroom. The process was led by two immensely capable young facilitators from Youth Scotland's 'Young People Take the Lead' project – Ahmed Mumin and Edward Fitzpatrick.

The project group evaluated local place quality, discussed ideas with the wider public and developed a range of placemaking actions which prioritised improving links between the High Street and key local facilities through the town’s greenspaces.

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