A Young Person’s View of Greener Kirkcaldy
Andrea is volunteering on a project with Young Scot to discover how much young people know about climate change and what’s out there for them to be involved in. She came down to check us out – and left as a volunteer! We’re pleased to have her as a blogger. Her first piece is about those all important first impressions…..
I am new to Greener Kirkcaldy and as a young person my perspective was rather different. I have learned a lot from my few visits and I am now happy to be part of the team making Kirkcaldy a greener town.
On my first arrival, I will admit, I wasn’t all that impressed. The shop and advice centre was rather plain and nothing stood out. The shop is definitely deserving of its new look and name. Anyway, the information I received from the shop staff was both informing and extremely interesting. From the home energy checks to the range of foods and cleaning products in the shop I quickly learned about the dedication the volunteers put into this organisation. I also took an interest to the book swap shop and range of events that Greener Kirkcaldy has on offer. I knew after this I wanted to be involved.
From a young persons view however, not much the shop has to offer is relevant to teenagers. Most of the events run are either on weekdays which are not very accessible and a lot of the weekend and holiday run events are aimed at younger children. I was a little disappointed by this but in the future there will hopefully be more to accommodate the teenage market. As a teenager, I find that the internet and social media is the best way to target a younger audience and that’s why I chose to be part of the blogging team. If we can use the website and our Facebook page to get our message across and get the young audience engaged we will be well on our way to having a brighter and greener future.
Despite needing to reach out to the younger market, Greener Kirkcaldy is an amazing organisation that is doing extremely well in making a difference to the community and I am privileged to be a volunteer here and try and promote helping the environment in a positive and useful way.