Active life Club (ALC) is an organisation run since 1999 by a voluntary management committee led by Raza Sadiq. ALC aims to promote the social, physical and mental well-being of disadvantaged and excluded groups in Glasgow and provides a range of recreational and diversionary activities for young people from the Govanhill, Pollokshields, Toryglen, Kings Park and Mount Florida areas of the City. ALC believes in the abilities and contribution of young people. It develops short sports programmes with different communities to build religious and racial understanding and provides tailored provision for young people to become active citizens. The group has particularly strong representation from BME youth, notably those from South Asian backgrounds aged between 12 and 23.
Since 2010, several members of ALC have been doing a Participatory Action Research project with two university researchers. The project is called BME Youth Unemployment: a Fresh Perspective. It has explored young peoples’ experiences of school, college and university work experience placements. Members of Active Life Club and the university researchers worked together to choose the research topic, develop research questions, collect and analyse data and write the report. Using a participatory approach to the research gave ALC members opportunities to use research skills, develop a critical understanding of an issue of importance to them and to widen and strengthen their network of contacts and support. The research was launched on 21 March 2012 at City Chambers, Glasgow at an event attended by a diverse audience of over 100 people. The full research report and four-page summary can be found on the ‘Research reports’ page of this site.
BME Youth Unemployment: A Fresh Perspective is a collaborative project. Authors: Abdullah Din, Adil Sattar, Atif Javaid, Katie Hunter, Laraib Raza, Osman Mehmood, Raza Sadiq, Richard Brunner, Sadia Anam, Zuhair Rauf.
Active Life Club can be contacted at: Active Life Club, Govanhill Workspace, 69 Dixon Road, Glasgow, G42 8AS. E: firstname.lastname@example.org