Community turn out in numbers to support Year of Young People event

 08 June 2018  |  


Hundreds of people turned out to support a summer fun day providing taster sessions for the summer events taking place across South Ayrshire. The event organised by the South Ayrshire Council led Youth Strategy multi-agency group took place at the Citadel in Ayr on Saturday, 2 June, with more than 300 people there on the day.

The event was organised as part of the Year of Young People (YOYP) and part funded from Youthlink Cashback, which redirects the proceeds of crime to benefit Scotland's young people. Activities included a range of stalls alongside indoor and outdoor taster sessions such as: free swimming, animal petting, taster sessions in athletics, gymnastic displays, making fruit kebabs, performance from Lochside Drama Group, lego building, silent disco, story corner, footgolf, giant games, and more.

Partners hosting stalls at the YOYP event included South Ayrshire Council's sports and leisure, community learning and development, community safety, active schools and libraries; Active Travel Hub; Ayr Rugby; GIRFEC Ayrshire; Lochside Mission and Outreach; South Ayrshire Young Scot; and the South Ayrshire Youth Forum. The Ark opened up their centre and their new café.

The event was a taster of what's to come during the summer with the launch of the new school's out summer programmes which run between Monday, 2 July and Friday, 17 August.

Councillor Brian McGinley, South Ayrshire Council's Portfolio Holder for Economic Development, Tourism & Leisure said the countdown to the summer holidays was now on, "There was a  great turnout for the tasters sessions which offered people the chance to try out a number of activities ahead of the summer break.

"I'd like to thank everyone working behind the scenes to make the event such a success and to everyone who came along to support the great range of activities on offer.

"With less than a month to go before our busy Schools Out programme gets underway, I'd encourage anyone looking to find affordable activities for their children to have a look at the busy programme being lined up for South Ayrshire this summer."

More information on South Ayrshire Council's School's Out 2018 summer programme can be found here. Access to Leisure discounts are available (to receive these across a range of Schools Out holiday activities, participants must be in possession of an Access to Leisure card with qualifying category 'H'). More information is available here.

For more information on other summer programmes visit the Young Scot website.