Tul­lochan joy at top award

In­vestor in­Young Peo­ple hon­our

Lennox Herald - - THE TICKET - Linzi Wat­son

Dum­bar­ton-based youth char­ity Tul­lochan has achieved a pres­ti­gious ac­cred­i­ta­tion.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion is cel­e­brat­ing af­ter gain­ing In­vestors in Young Peo­ple (IIYP) sta­tus.

IIYP sup­ports busi­nesses to use the skills and cre­ativ­ity of young peo­ple.

Tul­lochan’s head of op­er­a­tions and de­vel­op­ment, Richie Gal­lacher, said: “We are de­lighted that we have been awarded the recognition of be­ing an em­ployer who ac­tively looks to re­cruit, re­tain and develop young peo­ple.

“Al­though this award high­lights our de­vel­op­ment and re­ten­tion of younger staff mem­bers, Tul­lochan places great im­por­tance on in­vest­ing in all staff and our strong fo­cus on this makes for a pos­i­tive work en­vi­ron­ment and happy work­force.”

Tul­lochan - based at the Vale of Leven In­dus­trial Es­tate - is the largest provider of youth ser­vices in West Dun­bar­ton­shire sup­port­ing over 500 young peo­ple each year aged 11-24.

Groups take part in events, trips and vis­its aimed at in­spir­ing con­fi­dence and im­prov­ing their skills.

MSP Jamie Hep­burn, min­is­ter for em­ploy­a­bil­ity and train­ing, vis­ited the Tul­lochan team re­cently to meet some of the young peo­ple they are sup­port­ing.

The char­ity was also boosted by a £2000 grant from the STV Chil­dren’s Ap­peal to help sup­port their youth de­vel­op­ment pro­grammes.

This was wel­comed by chief ex­ec­u­tive June McDon­ald, who said: “We are thrilled to be re­cip­i­ents of this do­na­tion and sup­port from the STV Chil­dren’s Ap­peal.

“It is great for us to be recog­nised by the Ap­peal as mak­ing a pos­i­tive im­pact in the lives of young peo­ple and the do­na­tion will help us to con­tinue do­ing so.”

The cash joins a bumper do­na­tion of £5000 raised from sup­port­ers who took part in the 2016 Kilt­walk fundraiser.

This year 100 per­cent of ev­ery penny raised by the Kilt­walk is given to a walker’s cho­sen char­ity with the Hunter Foun­da­tion is also pledg­ing to top up ev­ery to­tal by a fur­ther 10 per­cent.

The char­ity is of­fer­ing a lim­ited amount of free regis­tra­tions for any­one who pledges to raise at least £100.

Ev­ery walker will also re­ceive a free Tul­lochan t-shirt for the event with each one fea­tur­ing a unique de­sign by a Tul­lochan young per­son.

Con­tact en­quiries@tul­lochan.org for more in­for­ma­tion.

Vis­i­tor MSP Jamie Hep­burn, min­is­ter for em­ploy­a­bil­ity and train­ing, popped in for a chat

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