Brechin’s Youth Project, The Attic, presented an award to the first ever recipient of the “Attic Member of the Year” award.
The award was initiated by Brechin High School Rector, Steve Dempsey, to reinforce the strong relationship between the area’s school and The Attic.
The first winner was Glen Cameron, with Michael Carle being runner-up.
They were chosen by the youth workers for the positive contribution to the on going success of the project.
Since its conception in 2002 The Attic has welcomed 1750 young people as members, with an average of 140 members using the facilities every week.
The project, which is open four nights a week, provides youngsters from Brechin and the surrounding area with free entry and free membership.
The project operated with three part-time Youth Workers, who are ably supported by a strong team of adult and young volunteers.
These young volunteers are working towards their Saltire Awards.
Many of these youngsters have benefitted from the opportunity to volunteer and have gone on to gain employment or further education opportunities.
The project has also gained The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service as well as the Angus Council Ambassador Award - showing just how valuable a resource the project is.
Youngsters who attend the project have the chance to take part in a diverse range of activities which are organised throughout the year.
Additionally there are a number of drop-in attractions such as pool, table tennis and games consoles.
The youths also take part in a mixture of competitions, games and social education workshops that are well received.
External agencies such as the police, fire services, health workers and Scottish prison services all attend The Attic, contributing to the health and wellbeing of the young people.
Running costs for the project come in at £2000 a month. This is met, and the future of the project ensured, thanks to the help of funding from the business community of Brechin as well as funding from Angus Council.
The project is also currently Brechin Castle Centre’s charity of the year.
It takes shrewd and careful management to provide job security for the centre’s staff.
However, the real success of The Attic is simply that it is membership free, entry free and parent free.