George Bowie, popular Radio Clyde DJ lends his support to a special local initiative – raising funds for an innovative new youth hub for young people in Maryhill, Glasgow.
G20 Festival, created for and by young people, was founded in 2018 as a one of the many community initiatives to be grown at the Children’s Wood in North Kelvinside. Since being saved from property developers in December 2016, the wood and meadow has continued to work with the local community on events and long term projects to be run from this award-winning community wild green space.
George Bowie will be hosting this GBX fundraiser at Community Central Halls, Maryhill Road on 06 September 2019, between 8pm and 10pm. Tickets here
George Bowie says
“Absolutely buzzing to play some tunes for the local community. It’s 2 years this week since I moved to the area and feel I’ve lived here my entire life. If we can have a big GBX party and raise some much needed funds for the local community then that’s got to be a good thing. It’s going to be memorable night which I’m sure all ages will enjoy.”
An initial crowdfunding campaign raised over £2k to secure the first few months rent for a warehouse unit, identified as an ideal local venue from which the G20 Youth festival can be run. Janey Godley assisted with the first phase of fundraising contributing a special spoof appeal video. Funds are now needed to cover future rent and running costs.
G20 Youth festival is a local success story for young people in Maryhill, who have collaborated with youth workers and the Children’s Wood to create an ongoing weekly programme of exciting opportunities and activities for themselves and young people from their community.
G20 has been collaborating with local schools and groups including Police Scotland, Patrick Thistle Charitable Trust, McDonald’s restaurant, Lambhill Stables, Glasgow City Council and Queen’s Cross Housing, alongside a committed team of youth workers and local facilities including Hadouken Tricking Academy and Glasgow Climbing Academy in Maryhill who have come on board to lend support.
Activities such as forest school, canoeing, football, climbing and “tricking” take place locally, including at the Children’s Wood but a base is needed so the young people involved have a safe space from which to run the programme.
Spokesperson for The Children’s Wood
“We have created something quite special with our young people and now we need to build on this; having a safe indoor space will allow us to do more for them. We want to give them a place that is theirs, a space where they feel safe and supported and which they can create and have control over. This will give the young people power and confidence to work on their self-development”
Further information on the GBX fundraiser –
Tickets available – bit.ly/GBXFundraiser
If you want to donate but you can’t be there on the night bit.ly/G20Crowdfunder
Further information on the G20 Youth Festival – twitter @FestivalG20
Further information on The Children’s Wood – childrenswood.co.uk