Young Vics receive Treasure Chest Award – 25 October 2018
Vics in the Community is a relatively new Charity which aims to improve and develop activities for Children in North Ayr. North Ayr sits in the top 5% of the Scottish Index of multiple deprivation rankings and the Charity strives to help improve opportunities for local children through offering free-to-access football classes throughout the ward. The work of Vics in the Community started at the John Pollock centre in Dalmilling but, after encouragement from local councillors, has since extended into Braehead to cover Lochside and, most recently, Wallacetown. They currently run 5 weekly after-school and evening activities between Newton, Braehead and Dalmilling and during the school holidays when, with the added support of South Ayrshire Council, children attending received a packed lunch. Additionally, the charity has recently started organised teams at age 9 and 11 to build on the regular classes and provide a pathway to organised football, allowing children opportunities they otherwise might not have.
Andrew Downie, Charity Administrator, said “We are in the early stages of a long term project and already our work is making a difference. Parents tell us how much children look forward to the sessions and it’s great to see them having so much fun. We are most grateful to Ayr Rotary Club for their support, which will be used to purchase equipment to sustain and develop our after-school and evening classes, helping us do more”.
This is a local community project which is greatly deserving of our support and fits the Treasure Chest qualifying criteria ideally.