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SWAF - The Borders and Ayrshire

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Eildon West Youth Hub


Awarded:   £17,348

Project:      TD1 Off-Street,Galashiels

Eildon West Youth Hub will provide two-weekly sessions which will work directly on the ground to target groups and individuals who have been identified as at-risk of alcohol misuse. An estimated 50 young people will benefit. Some may also have displayed or been at-risk of anti-social behaviours, violence, drug use and other offences. Eildon West Youth Club hope to take a holistic approach based upon Alcohol Brief Interventions.

Immediate diversionary activities will be offered, including access to sports and creative sessions. Through a community outreach approach two youth workers will meet young people hanging-out on the streets, and encourage the young people to come into the hub.

Outcomes will be reduction in harmful behaviours, reduction in anti-social, criminal or drug activities. The sustainability and long terms impact of the programme is supported by staff building long terms relationships between the youth workers and young people.



Awarded:   £10,000

Project:      Stomping Group, Cumnock

Yipworld is based in East Ayrshire and will run a street-outreach service to 12 vulnerable young girls under 18, living in the Communities of Cumnock and Auchinleck areas, who are taking part in anti-social behaviours, drinking and gang culture. Youth workers in partnership with Police Scotland will engage young people to take part in the ‘Stomping Ground’ programme, which includes a host of diversionary activities for young people to take part in such as sports, cooking, crafts and pamper sessions.

There will also be regular focus group, information and advice sessions held each week which will focus on alcohol awareness, peer pressure, gang culture and personal safety. As trusting relationships develop between the young people, staff and police, it is hoped that the young people will engage in other opportunities at Yipworld including employability training, independent living skills, personal development classes and volunteering opportunities. Yipworld also hope to extend the activities to young people in the surrounding villages.

As a result of the project, young people will be more confident and will have better ability to make informed choices. Young people will also be more optimistic about their future and be better placed to make positive choices in relation to alcohol as well as be more active citizens. It is hoped that young people will also have made new friends and more positive relationships.