Ian Pert, Hedz Up, Angus (Level 1 Awardee)
Ian is 45 years old and lives in Angus and has written this case study in his own words.
I previously worked as an outdoor instructor and, unlike others, recognised that it is not only about teaching climbing – it is about teaching life skills. This, combined with under-used space in my local area, inspired me to set up Hedz-Up. The aim is to give youths the chance to develop and try new experiences through the running of a motorcycle road racing team. Last year saw us take a trip over to the Isle of Man to participate in the Manz GP at the end of August 2011. I am keen that the young people have real-life experiences and skills. Therefore for the Isle of Man trip an application process (much like applying for a job) took place. It also lets them see how important it is to be able to work with others and the importance of discussion, working to a deadline, and on race day as part of the pit crew how it feels to be put under a bit of pressure with the rider coming in needing some improvements made and only a short time to do it.
- Youth development organisation
- Off the wall – uses adventure
- In development for 3 years – now set up as a company and gained charitable status in March 2012
- Currently 4 volunteers
- Level 1 award of £4,163 in April 2011 - Active
Journey High Points
- Getting involved with Firstport made me feel I could actually make a go of it
- Getting company set up and charitable status
- Every time a group gets in touch to get involved e.g. Angus Council getting in touch about their secondary school
- Working on my own
- Not having enough time in the day
- Not making a living for a few years
The Difference Made
Vital Firstport Ingredients
- The Level 1 allowed me to set up as a company and gave me the stability and professional opportunity to continue.
- Business support in addition to funding
- I will be aiming for a Level 2 in order to develop further and free up my time to do so
Hedz Up was originally working with four schools at first - Forfar Academy, Arbroath Academy, Arbroath High School, and Carnoustie High School. Now I have been approached by nine schools in Angus, two schools in Aberdeenshire and Kingussie primary school in the Highlands so the idea and concept is bigger already and will hopefully continue to grow.