Young people in Alyth are enjoying a particularly active winter thanks to a grant from ADT’s Community Projects Fund.
The Fund has awarded £2000 to Alyth Youth Partnership to help towards the cost of trips and activities over the winter. Alongside funding from SSE Drumderg, Perth & Kinross Council, the Gannochy Trust, Robertson Trust and the National Lottery Community Fund, the grant means that AYP can organise more trips for more young people than ever before.
AYP now has 150 regular participants ranging in age from 9 – 21 attending 14 different youth club sessions every week. But it was becoming more challenging to take them all on trips to their favourite places including swimming, Ryze trampoline centre, Soccer World, Combat City and other activities.
George Annan of AYP said: “We’ve already started the programme of outings, and had a fun trip to Laser Combat with our P5 Tribe last week (see picture). Plans for the next wee while include Air Thrill, Swimming, Cinema, and Zorb Football! Our year-round aim is to improve the quality of life for these young people – in good weather we use the facilities on our door step but in the colder, darker nights we look further afield for the activities.
“Every club and activity is provided free of charge for every young person. We aim to remove all barriers to participation to support the young people of Alyth to lead happy and healthy lives, make friends, feel part of our wonderful community.
“Providing positive activities for young people means they are less likely to engage in anti social behaviour – having these activities on offer encourages them through the door and then to hopefully be influenced positively by youth workers and their peers. Improving the lives of our young people improves the life of the community as a whole.”
ADT’s Community Projects Fund distributes the community benefit funds provided for Alyth by the operators of the Tullymurdoch Windfarm, some five miles north of the town. Applications to the fund are judged by an independent panel of volunteers drawn from across the community. Apply at https://lovealyth.org.uk/projects/alyth-community-projects-fund/