Events, training and support
Training events and awareness raising
Right from the start FYT in Scotland ran traning events, linked like-minded people together, and gave advice and information.
The earliest training event in Scotland that we have a record of is a Scottish Training Week-end which was held in 1967. This was staffed by Ian Balfour and Phillip Hacking. The number of those present is given as 120.
Training events were also held in 1968, when the event was led by John Butler and Michael Eastman with 45 people present, and in 1969, led by Keith Steven and Michael Eastman, with 30 people present.
In November/December 1970 training days were held in Glasgow (50 present), Edinburgh (30) and Aberdeen (16). In early 1971 a training week-end was held at Dunblane (with 34 people present).
Jim Punton was appointed as FYT Training Officer, based in London, in 1971 and a key event in FYT's development in Scotland was the "tour" that Jim did in 27 November/12 December 1971. Meetings were held in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee, Motherwell, Falkirk, Prestwick, and Aberdeen. There were meetings for ministers, and separate meetings for youth workers. The minutes of the FYT Scottish Committee record that the total numbers present over the 12 days of these events was 254, and for 195 of those attending it was their first contact with FYT.
Throughout most the 1970s one week-end training event was held each year at residential centres such as St. Ninian's in Crieff and the Gean House in Alloa: February 1972 Crieff (36 present); March 1973 Gean House (34 present); March 1974 Gean House.
These training events were organised by the Scottish FYT Committee. Early minutes record discussions about the methodology used at FYT events and whether such methods were suitable for Scotland.
In the late '70s and througout the '80s training events continued to be held on a regular basis - both general trainng events and also training events for the camp leadership teams.
Linking people together
FYT has always seen part of its role as linking people together for mutual support, encouragement and thinking together. The way that has been done has included:
- Local Groups
- FYT Study groups
- Youth Worker lunches
- Telling people of others doing similar work whom they may wish to make contact with
- Events for our camp leaders
- Encouraging people to get involved in events such as the FYT UK Conferences at Swanwick, and in Greenbelt.
Here are a few pictures from training events etc.
We hope to have more pictures here soon.
Support to individual pieces of work
FYT has always seem itself as having an important role in this. From the setting up of the Scottish Committee in 1970 the committee members saw an important part of their work as making contact with those involved in "frontier work" and giving advice and encouragement. Not only did this provide help to these units but it also gave FYT a "picture" of what was happening on the ground, including the difficulties that were being encountered and the innovations that were taking place. These findings could then be passed on to others.
This has included: visits to such work; providing team training; regular contact and encouragement; meeting with church management groups etc.