Our story so far

Doune and Deanston Youth Project was formed under the umbrella of the KDT (Kilmadock Development Trust) in 2003. It became a charity in its own right shortly afterwards. 

We have been running continually (apart from COVID interruptions) ever since. Our first home was the venal of 52 Main Street, then the old cafe area in the Woodside Hotel, then a short time in the Rural Hall and then finally our current home in Moray Park, which became our permanent base in 2008. 

We operate as a drop-in centre for young people two nights a week. Linked to this have been numerous projects and holiday clubs. Our young people have taken part in art, (organised!) graffiti, music, film, photography, adventure trips and some overnight team building events, as well as fun nights out – and in – as part of our bi-weekly ‘Youthie’ sessions.

We have also provided cooking and nutrition sessions and a number of sporting activities in collaboration with the cricket club and football club. Numerous educational sessions on topics like drug/alcohol awareness have been held on a rotating basis. More recently funding was obtained for one-to-one work to help young people with a particular support requirement. We have worked with young people to attain Duke of Edinburgh awards and other similar recognitions. 

In 2018, we obtained prime funding to pilot an After School Club. This has been a huge success but is dependent on a lot of hard work and commitment from our regular supporters and volunteers. We’re continuing to grow and expand the range of services our young people can access. In 2020, we received funding for a mountain bike project and have taken delivery of the first four bikes and safety equipment. Support workers have had special training and are starting to undertake more events and training sessions with young people.

Looking to the future, we plan to build a new Youth Hub on the site of our existing building, which will allow us to expand the work of DDYP and offer a broader range of community activities.

Annual Reports

February 2021 to January 2022