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WHO WE ARE

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​MISSION AND HISTORY

Youth Action Project offers support, information and advice to young people aged 10-21 years. The organisation was launched in December 1992, originally a small locally based project in Livingston addressing territorial issues. During the last 29 years the organisation has expanded throughout the whole of West Lothian, we are now delivering services that meet the ever changing needs of our young people.

 

We operate a detached youth work service, peer education, diversion from crime and anti-social behaviour. A befriending service for vulnerable young people, targeted group work programmes, practicle training workshops, summer activities and a music project.

 

We will also assist parents/carers and communities that may be experiencing difficulties with young people.

A word from our Director

The Youth Action Project is fully supporting young people and families throughout West Lothian in a variety of ways.

Our detached streetwork sessions are operating in Partnership with West Lothian Community Safety Partnership, addressing issues relating to Youth Anti – Social behaviour, in addition to supporting young people who feel that they have nowhere to go or that they are being represented unfairly. You will see our team and vehicle (below) in the communities of West Lothian – please feel free to talk to us.

We are delivering 1-1 support and early intervention sessions for young people aged 10 21 years (also 22-25 if care experienced).

Our practical skills and informal education sessions continue to operate in partnership with several High schools throughout the region.

It is an exciting opportunity to be part of a new family support initiative, Roots, with 11 third sector partners working together to create a multi- faceted approach to support for families and young people experiencing mental health and well-being challenges.

We continue to deliver youth drop-ins & clubs in Blackburn, Stoneyburn, Addiewell, Craigshill and variety of youth activities.

Our befriending service has recruited and trained new volunteers and we welcome the opportunity to be back offering face to face support sessions for our vulnerable young people, often more isolated since Covid -19. Although we are no longer delivering the huge number of food parcels as we did throughout Lockdown, we can still deliver to those in crisis if referrals are made by a referral agency.

As part of the W.L Food Consortium, we continue to have a great selection of fresh fruit, veg, meat and dairy products at our Community fridge in the Children’s Development Centre, (The Mall Craigshill EH54 5EJ) every Friday from 9.30 am-12.30pm – A £3 donation is required.

 DIRECTOR

 ​HELEN DAVIS

 STAFF

ALEX HUGHES

ANDREA SNEDDON

ANGIE GOURDIE

BARRY WALKER

GORDON BALFOUR

HILDA DOLAN

JANET PAISLEY

JOE CASSIDY

KIRSTY CALDERWOOD

KATHLEEN WARD

CARRIE REID

KEVIN CAMPBELL

STEPHEN LOGUE

TAMMALYNN HASSELL

DOMINIC KANE

LESLEY BROGAN

ADMINISTRATOR

MARGARET DOUGLAS

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

CHAIR OF THE BOARD

RYAN ADDISON

MEMBERS OF THE BOARD

ANDRÉE CARRUTHERS

HELEN WILSON

JANICE TURNER

NICOLA CLARK

YOUTH COMMITTEE

REPRESENTATIVES

ADVISORS

Cllr ANGELA DORAN

Cllr PETER HEGGIE

BEVERLEY AKINLAMI

HONORARY PRESIDENT

JOCK KERR (deceased)

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