Chal­lenge

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how many young peo­ple are now miss­ing out on the sup­port they need.”

The char­ity, based in the Vale of Leven In­dus­trial Es­tate, was es­tab­lished in 1996 to pro­vide sup­port ser­vices for young peo­ple in West Dun­bar­ton­shire.

It has grown into the largest provider of youth ser­vices in the area, run­ning projects for vul­ner­a­ble, dis­ad­van­taged young peo­ple, par­tic­u­larly those who are lead­ing chaotic lives, of­ten with­out role mod­els or struc­tures.

They have taken over the for­mer Skillseek­ers build­ing in Broad­mead­ows In­dus­trial Es­tate and are cur­rently in the early stages of re­de­vel­op­ing it into a fam­ily cen­tre which they say will ben­e­fit the wider com­mu­nity.

Tul­lochan’s Chris Mathers said: “The cen­tre’s aim is to pro­vide a much-needed fam­ily hub where we can work with young peo­ple and their fam­i­lies to help them over­come any bar­ri­ers they may face.

“The ser­vices de­liv­ered from the cen­tre will be aimed at en­sur­ing that the young peo­ple and their fam­i­lies get the sup­port they need to tackle is­sues around poverty and well­be­ing, so­cial in­ter­ac­tion and learn­ing.”

The char­ity hope to de­liver their 10-week per­sonal de­vel­op­ment course for 16-24-year-olds from the cen­tre. The new pro­gramme will also of­fer tai­lored life skills train­ing and sup­port to young peo­ple to raise their as­pi­ra­tions, achieve set goals, in­crease their con­fi­dence, im­prove well­be­ing and in­crease re­silience.

The cen­tre will also in­clude a train­ing kitchen, ex­pand the char­ity’s ser­vices into the evening and op­er­ate a re­cy­cling cen­tre for cloth­ing.

We can work with young peo­ple to help them over come bar­ri­ers

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