Brechin Youth Project, Angus Council
The Attic provides young people with a safe, welcoming, fully equipped drop-in facility free from drugs and alcohol. It is open to young people over the age of 12 years. It is open four nights per week from 6.30PM to 10.15 with free entry and membership to local young people.
Young volunteers work to gain experience of youth work and are accreditated through the Saltire Awards scheme. Together with adult workers they create a family-like atmosphere that is informal but with constant attention to setting high standards with good behaviour and attitudes expected from all members. Activities undertaken are aimed at improving the well being and social education of young people transitioning into secondary school and onto further education, training and employment.
A key part of the Attic's approach is its strong community connections. Young people are encouraged to do voluntary activities that make a difference to community life in a rural Angus town. From delivering Christmas cards to assisting at community events, the profile and relationships between young people and the wider community are constantly worked on. This in turn leads to more local investment in youth actvities and the creation of experiences, training and work opportunities for young people to benefit from.