Guest blog: Erskine youth project is brilliant boost for young people
Paisley is a vibrant, cultural, and highly significant city and I’m proud to be backing its bid for City of Culture 2021. The youth project I’m part of is Erskine Music and Media Studio, who provide a social space for young people to make friends, learn life skills and participate in events in their local area, either by helping to set these events up, or planning and managing their own.
The Studio - as its members know it – has been a fun, relaxed place for me to meet up with friends, to learn about the running and planning of all kinds of events, musical or not. I enjoy all the meetings I attend, as it really feels like the young people who are part of the group have an influence over what the group decides to do.
This is a refreshing change from most youth organisations and I feel it sets EMMS apart. I have fond memories of helping to set up the stage and speaker system at Johnstone Gala Day, singing along to the speakers with the other members of the group and enjoying the day, even if it was pouring down!
The Studio provides for all ages of young people, from beginner’s workshops for young kids, to the normal meeting for us supposedly moody teenagers. I really feel that EMMS adds a lot to Erskine and Renfrewshire as a whole, and that it will be a positive part of Paisley’s 2021 bid.