What is Amped ? – Aberdeen Motorcycle Project for Educational Development.
For many years it has been identified that Aberdeen would benefit from a motorcycle project similar to others being run throughout the UK.
The RUTS project from Edinburgh have regularly come to Aberdeen and run week long projects at Northfield Academy with young people from across the city. These projects are always a great success leading to the participants learning new skills, increasing attainment in school and improving employability prospects.
The aims of the AMPED project are:
- To support young people to take part in a project as a positive alternative to negative influences.
- To enable young people to re engage in an education programme and become effective contributors.
- To create opportunities for young people to use their energies positively within a safe and structured setting with their cooperation and participation.
- To raise young peoples awareness of health issues and dangers, by the contribution of specialist partners – Police , Fire service etc.
- To support young people to acquire the knowledge, confidence and skills to make more informed choices in their life.
- To enable young people to gain wider achievement awards, nationally recognised qualifications and thus improve employability prospects.
Throughout 2016 Nicola Murray (ASBIT Manager), Craig Singer (Development Manager), Ellie Hepburn (Development Officer), Graeme Chalmers (Educational Visits Co-Ordinator), Mike Gifford (Adventure Aberdeen Programme Manager) and representatives from Police Scotland, Fire Service Scotland and NHS Scotland have worked to get the project started here in Aberdeen.
The RUTS project along with the national Governing bodies (SACU, ACU) have shared resources, information and experiences with us to help get started here in Aberdeen.
Funding was sourced, a venue identified and approved, equipment bought, staff and volunteer training arranged and the pilot project start date of 20th April confirmed.
Referrals to the project will come from many departments within Education and Children’s Services.
At the end of the Pilot project, the participants, staff and external agencies will carry out a thorough review of the course, highlighting any recommendations/amendments required to allow us to continually improve and develop the course.
Course information booklets and referral forms are currently in development and will be available soon.
Watch this space…….