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Rory’s and Callander’s story

Rory’s and Callander’s story

 

The story of Inspiring Scotland’s first 10 years is a story about people. A lot of people, thousands from all around Scotland, their relationships with one another and the impact we have been able to create together.

To tell our story is to tell the story of the people we were set up to help, people like Rory from Callander in Stirlingshire. Rory was 6-years-old when our 10-year 14:19 Fund to support young people into training, education and employment started with funding from small group of people and organisations. By the time he was 10, Rory was struggling at home and school because of anger issues. This alienated him from his peers and he had no confidence in himself or his future.

It was then that he met Chris who runs the Callander Youth Project Trust, a local youth charity which aims to help young people in Callander improve their life chances. Chris invited Rory to attend the youth centre as a safe place and respite from his difficulties at school. Rory worked one-to-one with a youth support worker where he talked about his problems and started to build his self-confidence. But Chris wanted to do more for Rory and hundreds of others like. He had an idea but needed help.

The Callander Youth Project had been part of the 14:19 Fund for a few years already so Chris turned to Duncan, his Inspiring Scotland Performance Advisor. Together, they talked through the idea – to develop an unused hotel site in town into a working café and youth hostel where young people could get training and employment opportunities. It was a big idea. Chris and Duncan looked over spread sheets, talked cashflow and business models, and realised significant external expertise would be needed to make this work.

Duncan turned to Elaine, Inspiring Scotland’s Pro Bono Executive. Elaine and Duncan talked through what was needed and Elaine contacted a pro bono supporter, also called Rory. Rory Malcolm is a tourism and marketing consultant with decades of industry experience. Mr. Malcolm met Chris and over several months they worked through plans and solved potential problems. Mr. Malcolm arranged for Chris to visit several Youth Hostels throughout Scotland to establish gaps in the market and learn from best practice – the idea of a 5 Star Hostel emerged from that trip. The planning and execution then began – CYP were supported by IS Pro Bono support in many areas – Legal Advice, Architectural and Design, Roofing Specialists, Hotel Booking IT, Photographers and Marketing consultants to name but a few. The unique combination of cash investment from Inspiring Scotland and the connections to timely Pro Bono expert advice were key to delivering this exciting project.

The 5 star-rated Callander Youth Hostel and Bridgend Café were, and remain, a huge success. Rory, received industry-standard training as a barista and in food hygiene and customer service. He flourished; his confidence and self-belief grew, he made good friends with his colleagues and felt less frustrated and angry. He looked forward to a better future.

Rory now works full time and hopes to forge a career in youth work so he can give back to others and share his experience. And Chris was voted Social Entrepreneur of the Year in 2017.

This is the story of Inspiring Scotland and has been repeated in different ways thousands of times over in our first 10 years. But the essence remains the same: people working together, trusting each other, investing in vital organisations, developing bold ideas, listening, learning and solving problems. Striving together for a better Scotland for all.

Rory and Callander Youth Project Trust from Inspiring Scotland on Vimeo.

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