Through various outreach projects, we are promoting the value of volunteering and its important contribution to improving life skills. By developing stronger educational links and learning materials, the games were used as an opportunity for learning about the values of the Commonwealth: humanity, equality and destiny. We are:
Strategic Volunteering Framework
A range of volunteer development opportunities are being delivered by Glasgow life and education services including the Volunteer Improvement Programme, Personal Best and Young Sports Leaders.
A city-wide active citizenship programme sees residents complete online modules, participate in workshops and access training materials related to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, in order to inform them about the games and empower them to be welcoming hosts.
As part of the legacy of the games, all young people deserve to have outdoor learning experiences throughout their education. The city's strategy for taking learning outdoors, Outside Now! was launched in August 2012 at Bellahouston Academy. The strategy sets out the services actions to develop innovative approaches to outdoor learning in line with Curriculum for Excellence.
Glasgow Online - Game on Glasgow
The Glasgow 2014 section of Glasgow Online has been rebranded "Game on Glasgow". This is to complement "Game on Scotland" which is the 2014 education programme. Glasgow Online continues to be updated on a weekly basis and is the key communication platform for all council staff and young people for all legacy related initiatives in relation to Glasgow 2014.
Gold Medal Programme
GHA and Cube HA generously provided Glasgow schools with the fantastic opportunity of funding to support 2014 legacy themed projects through a grant of £55k.
Connecting Classrooms across the Commonwealth
All Glasgow educational establishments are being encouraged to develop a partnership with a Commonwealth country to develop international education/global citizenship.
Malawi Leaders of Learning
The Malawi Leaders of Learning project involves Glasgow education staff spending time in Malawi supporting local education staff. This project provides support with teaching methodology, resource design, and use of ICT.
Commonwealth Values and Athletics Scholarship Exchange
Pupil scholarship exchange between Glasgow School of Sport Bellahouston Academy and Blanchisseusse High School and Toco Secondary, Trinidad and Tobago. Commonwealth values are being explored through home sports training programmes, team-work activities, leadership, coaching, festival organisation and workshop activity with Commonwealth athletes.
Milton Judo Club: Tam Brown, 50 from Milton has been volunteering at the Milton Judo Club for 35 years. Tam said: "I get so much out of the time I put into the club and I would recommend volunteering to anyone. I know I'm more confident and have a better outlook on life.
"Volunteering at the club is very rewarding and seeing smiling faces as the young people gain in confidence makes you feel as if you have really achieved something.
"Glasgow needs volunteers to support the Commonwealth Games and, although I can't compete, I can contribute by officiating at the Games.
Whiteinch Primary School: As part of the legacy programmes delivered by the Council to inspire new cultural activity and learning opportunities from the Commonwealth Games, Glasgow's parks are helping young people to learn about Commonwealth countries, the environment and biodiversity in a variety of exciting outdoor learning experiences.
In the run up to the Commonwealth Games in 2014, Glasgow's schools and parks worked together on an exciting project that gave the city's young people the chance to become more involved with the city's parks and to learn about the countries of the Commonwealth.
Eleven parks were used as educational hubs. Schools visited their partner park and participated in a variety of practical, active and outdoor learning experiences alongside the Countryside Rangers.
Young people found out about how people live in different parts of the world and how all our actions impact on the environment, both here in Scotland, and in the furthest reaches of the Commonwealth.
Whiteinch Primary is twinned with Jamaica. Children from the school visited Victoria Park to put the finishing touches to some floral displays of the Jamaican flag.