The Doune and Deanston Youth Project (ususally known as the DDYP)
The DDYP was formed under the umbrella of the KDT (Kilmadock Development Trust) in 2003. Shortly afterwards it became a registered charity in its own right and an independent body. It has been running continually (apart from COVID interruptions) for the last 17 years. Firstly in the venal of 52 Main Street, then in the Woodside Hotel (old café area) then a short time in the Rural Hall and then eventually its current home which became its permanent base in 2008.
What We Do
It has run successfully ever since, operating as a drop-in centre for young people two nights a week. Linked to this have been numerous projects and a holiday club. Art, Graffiti, Music, Film, Photography, Adventure away days and some overnight residential team building events, fun nights out and in are all regular activities. There have been cooking and nutrition sessions and several sporting activities in collaboration with the Doune Cricket Club, Youth Scotland and the Football club.
Numerous educational issue-based sessions on things like drug/alcohol awareness, bullying and mental health 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.
Recently, 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 have funding now for a mountain bike project and have taken delivery of the first 4 bikes and safety equipment. Youth workers have had various cycle training sessions from Youth Scotland and Cycle Scotland and are starting to undertake more events and training sessions with young people.
With the new building, we will be able to expand our work to cover more After School Club support and Breakfast clubs. We will also attract more funding as we will be compliant for more activities.