Sunday 2nd August saw the official opening of our newly refurbished Sports Courts! Despite the weather forecast predicting nothing but heavy downpours and thunder with a chance of total misery, the rain held off and our precautionary umbrellas remained untouched.
The renovating and opening of the derelict Sports Courts on the Melville Estate has been a long awaited occasion for us here at The Y. Over the past few years 'The Y' has battled through various difficulties, including serious funding cuts and shortages, which made the cutting of the ribbon an even prouder moment.
The grand opening was well attended by Penicuik locals and dignitaries alike with renowned former international tennis umpire, John Frame; the Lord Lieutenant of Midlothian Sir Robert Clerk and Lady Clerk; Scotland women’s rugby international Sarah Law and her sister Rachel who is a sportscotland Sports Panel Ambassador; Keith Wright, Football Development Officer with Midlothian Council and former Hibernian and Scotland footballer; and John McCrossan, Youth Development Convener, Midlothian Hockey Development Group in attendance as well as members of the community.
Guests were treated to demonstrations of hockey, football and tennis by our talented locals, including Yves and Oliver Lemarchand, Penicuik Athletic YFC and Eskvale Hockey Club, who showed off their skills as they became the first official users of The Y’s Sports Courts.
Here are some of our favourite photos from the day- huge thanks to those who have supported and funded this exciting project and to those who made it along to celebrate with us!
For any enquiries or bookings regarding our brand new facility, please call 01968 674 851.
All images © Michael Anderson.
Saturday the 20th of June saw Penicuik YMCA-YWCA open its doors and welcome the community in for information, activities and celebration, and what celebration is complete without cake?
It was a vibrant and busy open day with lots of exciting stalls selling crafts, sweets and homemade baking. The items being sold were made by the fantastic children and childcare staff in the run up to the open day, and it was brilliant to show off their hard work to Penicuik residents and visitors.
Another exciting feature of our open day was seeing our brand new community café in full swing. The café is a trial project funded by the Midlothian Food & Health Alliance small grant scheme with support from Midlothian council and it will usually runs on Tuesday Mornings. The café offers refreshments and special offers on soft play in a lovely friendly environment. We hope the café will be as popular as it was on our open day!
Penicuik YMCA-YWCA also welcomed lots of special guests to our open day, including the fire brigade and none other than Mickey Mouse! With story-telling in a tipi tent, a raffle, face-painting and even stone decorating, there really was something for everyone and our thanks go out to all those who made the day so successful.
This year’s open day was extra special as we celebrated the first anniversary of our PlusOne mentoring service (this is where the cake came in!). Offering mentoring services to young people across Midlohian, PlusOne provides a much needed service and has achieved a great deal in the year it has been running. To find out more about PlusOne and the volunteering opportunities available, see our volunteering section.
Penicuik YMCA-YWCA is a great facility, and we were delighted to be able to show off some of what we do here at a ‘The Y’ at our annual open day. We also raised just under £800 which was quite simply, the cherry on the cake! Thank you to everyone who came along, and to those who made the day possible. We look forward to welcoming you back soon.
“Properly thought out, structured and resourced mentoring programme provides vital independent support at a critical time in a young person’s life” – Iain M Forbes, Scottish Mentoring Network.
Penicuik YMCA-YWCA are proud to host the PlusOne mentoring service offering help and support to young people across Midlothian., specifically young people at risk of becoming involved in the criminal justice system.
Penicuik YMCA-YWCA needs you! We really need more volunteers to cope with high levels of demand for the PlusOne mentoring scheme. If you are a positive, reliable, empathetic and non-judgemental person who wants to make a difference to the lives of young people across Midlothian, we would LOVE to hear from you. You don’t need any qualifications and all relevant training will be provided. For more information about PlusOne or for a chat about the volunteering opportunities available please call Natasha on 0792187979.