This year the young people at Radical Services had the idea of holding a Christmas fair and with the support of the staff they exceeded what they’d hoped to achieve.
The young people from Radical Services’ nine homes in Scotland, who had never organised anything like this before, got to work.
First, they decided that all funds raised should go to Yorkhill Children’s Charity, so one of the planning team went to the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Glasgow (Yorkhill) along with staff from the service. They were given the opportunity to be shown around and enjoyed engaging with the children.
With the knowledge of what their fundraising could do to help the children at Yorkhill the planning team began contacting all the other homes to find out what each could contribute.
The young people from all nine homes got on board with contributing to the success of the fair. Some made things to sell, they organised a Santa’s grotto, a baking stall, music for the event, teas and coffees. One young person even made a sleigh from wood which, because of the size, had to be transported by a van!
Carol-Anne Weir, Registered Manager said:
“I think this event was such a success because the young people made it theirs and took responsibility for planning and on the day. They have done so well.”
“All homes donated games, raffle prizes and tombola prizes, home baking, hand-made jewellery and dream catchers, fairy dust, posters, pin the nose on Rudolph and many other things. They hired a giant Minion for the event along with a snowman and Princess Elsa from the film Frozen.”
“Many local businesses were contacted and made donations for prizes.”
“One young person dressed as Santa’s little elf and handed out presents to all the children. Two young people managed stalls selling home baking, tuc and Christmas stockings. One took charge of the visitor’s book at the entrance, one got his legs waxed to raise money from sponsors, one took part in the cake the carer for sponsors, one was a photographer, one stayed behind to help count money raised and to clean up the school.”
The fair took place on 5 December and the total amount raised was £1,276. The director of the service has agreed to round it up to £1,500. Supported by staff, three young people will go to Yorkhill to present the funds shortly.
This was the first time that the young people of Radical Services have organised an event like this and due to the success it will now be an annual event for the young people to organise.