Meet Sam - our new Youth Worker!
We are delighted to introduce our new Youth and Childrens Worker, Sam Norton-Alexander!
Sam started a few weeks ago, and so far has been researching what already happens in the area, and getting to know some of the community. We thought we’d ask him a few questions, so you can all get to know him a little better!
Where are you from?
I was born in Liverpool but didn’t stay long enough for the accent to stick. My family moved to London when I was four and I lived there until I moved to Cornwall fifteen years later.
Why did you go to Cornwall?
Even though I lived in cities for the first nineteen years of life, I never really enjoyed the constant hustle and bustle. Cornwall was a literal breath of fresh air.
So how did you end up in Scotland?
Well, I had worked for the Salvation Army’s youth work team in London and Cornwall for a number of
years before I was asked to support a Music School in Scotland. While I was there I met a beautiful young lady who is now my wife. We decided that we wanted to get married in Scotland so I moved here in 2011 and we married in September 2012.
Do you play any sports?
I’m actually really into Ice Hockey. I’ve played since I was eight years old and I am currently playing for the Edinburgh Universities Team. I’m a big fan of all sports though, I enjoy competition and watching people better themselves.
How did you get into Ice Hockey?
I don’t know really. I was always decent at football when I was younger but I suppose I wanted to play something different. We also had a local ice rink who put a lot of time into their young people’s
development. That and I loved Disney’s film ‘The Mighty Ducks’ when I was younger.
What’s your favourite food?
Full Scottish Breakfast. I could eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner if it wouldn’t shorten my lifespan by fifteen years.
What’s your favourite TV show?
I actually don’t have a TV so I can’t really answer that question. I spend most of my free time catching up with the North American Hockey or playing complicated board and card games.
How did you get into youth work?
Through music teaching and volunteering for the Salvation Army mostly. I studied music for three years after completing school and did a lot of performing and teaching. I loved watching young people develop something that they were interested in so I took every opportunity I could to be a part of that.
What are you looking forward to most about your new role?
Being a part of a community with thriving young people, I would love to be a part of that.
Community Benefit Fund agreed with Harburnhead Windfarm
Further local investment from Muirhall Energy
Chris Walker, Director of Muirhall Energy is pleased to see the positive results of the community benefit fund; “We are very pleased that WAT IF? are continuing to pursue several exciting local initiatives with the wind farm funds. ‘Delivering Ambitions’ is part of our ethos and we are delighted to see that as a result of our wind farms, we are giving communities the power to create opportunities and underpin sustainability in rural areas.”
WAT NEXT? Bursary
Education access and support grants for young people aged 16-25 in the Woolfords, Auchengray and Tarbrax area.
Click here for more info.
Community Forum 2016
Our last Community Forum of 2016 is on Thursday 1st December at Auchengray Church Centre, 7pm onwards.
This is your chance to ask questions, give your views and make your voice heard!
These are informal meetings, and give us a chance to get feedback from local residents!
Please come along, you can join in the discussion or you can just listen.
Windfarm Update Page
We have added a new page under 'news' to share information on the wind farm developments going on in the area.
The page will give info on works, abnormal loads and any road delays or diversions. Click here to view.
Yearly Report and Accounts
The "Report and Financial Statements for the year ending 30 November 2015" can be downloaded below:
The "Report and Financial Statements for the year ending 30 November 2014" can be downloaded below: