Friday, 11 September 2015

Help out? Have fun!

A message from the captain of the 1st Glasgow BB Company which is based in Kelvinbridge Parish Church.

'We are looking for new volunteers to help us with our programme of activities.If you are not sure what the BB is, please have a look at the long post below, but in brief:
We have 3 age-groups. Our under-11s meet on a Wednesday evening (P1-P3 school ages meet first, then P4-P6) and our 11-18-year-olds meet on Friday evening. 
We are a central part of the youth work of Kelvinbridge Parish Church on Belmont St.

We are looking first and foremost for regular volunteers who can commit to helping on a fairly regular basis and help with the basic running of the company. 
We are also looking for people who can make an occasional contribution, whether passing on a new skill, leading a discussion ... let us know if you have any ideas.'

If you want to know more, or discuss volunteering, please get in touch with company captain James Stuart, by email ( or by phone (0788 433 0953).


A Christian youth organisation that began in 1883 with a single ‘company’ in the west end of Glasgow. Within a few years, it had become an international movement. Today, it continues to help hundreds of thousands of young people grow, develop and learn, all with a firm grounding in Christian ethics and teaching.
Visit to learn more about the activities of the Boys’ Brigade in the UK as a whole, and to see what is going on around Glasgow.

The company that started it all off is still going strong. We are now a central part of the youth work of Kelvinbridge Parish Church on Belmont Street, where we meet most weeks during the school term. We run varied, age-suitable programmes of activities for our three groups:
The Anchor Section, for boys attending P1-P3 at school. The Anchors meet on a Wednesday in the early evening. The emphasis is on learning, playing, having fun and making friends, all in a safe, structured environment.
The Junior Section, for boys in P4-P6. The Junior Section meets later on a Wednesday evening. Games continue to play a central role, but the challenges are greater and activities are more structured. Boys work towards badges, and have the chance to take part in competitions and outings.
The Company Section and Seniors , for boys in P7-S6 at school. 7.45 on Friday evenings. Wider opportunities to learn and develop, learning new skills, facing new experiences and exploring different subjects including a deeper understanding of Christianity, its basis and values. The awards programme (the badges) offers genuine challenges.
Our young people come from around Glasgow, with most living locally in the west end, Woodside, Partick, Kelvindale, Ruchill and Maryhill.
We try to offer a broad spectrum of experiences:
Sport (football is a big favourite, including participation in a Glasgow league, but not the only show in town) – Drill – Creative/expressive activities (music, writing, crafts) – Life skills (cooking is a popular activity) – Learning about, and debating, a wide range of subjects, from local issues to more universal, international topics
This year we plan to participate in a national initiative to form contacts with Boys’ Brigade groups in other countries.
Of course, what we do reflects the interests and expertise of the young people and volunteers involved. The Boys’ Brigade structure offers more flexibility than many people imagine, and we are always open to new ideas.

A special mention goes to what is the highlight of the year for many of our members, young and old: camping at our dedicated site on the shores of Loch Fyne. Each summer, the Company Section spends a week ‘under canvas’ in this beautiful location, enjoying sports, games, challenges, and what is, essentially, a very healthy and idyllic lifestyle. Summer 2015 also saw a wonderful weekend camp for the Junior Section.

We can certainly use extra help with all three of our age groups.

In the first place, we hope to find a few new volunteers who can make a regular commitment and help with the general running of the company. This does not necessarily mean helping every week, but a reliable commitment to specific dates or a specific pattern is most helpful.

We are also looking for people who can make an occasional or one-off contribution, whether teaching a specific skill or leading a particular activity or discussion.
Experience with, or a background in the B.B. is not required. Enthusiasm for helping young people learn, have fun and develop as individuals is far more important. We don’t demand that volunteers attend church regularly or even consider themselves Christian. However, we do expect our volunteers to be sympathetic to the company’s objectives and Christian moral values.

SUPPORT AND TRAINING to help you work safely and effectively with young people (including training in safeguarding, first aid, running regular BB activities, outdoor and residential events, sports and P.E. and more besides)
MATERIALS AND FACILITIES, whether those belonging to the company, or those provided by the national and regional BB organisations
COMPETITIONS AND EVENTS involving other companies in Glasgow and further afield
FRIENDSHIP AND FELLOWSHIP – meet new friends of all ages
EXPERIENCES AND REWARDS – it is not just the young people who learn new skills and try new things. The success and longevity of the Boys’ Brigade comes down to the fact that both the young people who take part and the adult leaders find the experience deeply rewarding
Contact company captain James Stuart to discuss how you can help make a difference, either by phone (0788 433 0953) or by email (

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