An award-winning youth programme has celebrated ten years of making a difference in Renfrewshire.
Street Stuff is a diversionary programme that has had a massive impact on young people’s lives across communities in the area.
The project has prompted a 65% reduction in youth disorder and anti-social behaviour.
Since its launch in 2009, Street Stuff has seen 20,000 young people come through its doors to engage in a wide range of social activities.
Malcolm Gillies, the longest serving coach at Street Stuff, says joining the programme has been one of the best decisions he has made.
He said: “Street Stuff brings young people into a safe environment, gives them a sense of responsibility and plays a big part in their childhood.
“There are many examples of kids enjoying the programme, getting to do some tasks and then becoming members of staff, and it’s an honour being part of such an amazing team.”
About 80% of Street Stuff’s volunteers started off as participants in the project.
Street Stuff provides activities such as football, dance and gaming, for six days a week. The main aim of the team is to offer disadvantaged young people the opportunity to access exercise and social activities that they may not get to experience otherwise.
Councillor Marie McGurk, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Communities, Housing and Planning Policy Board, said: “Street Stuff gives young people access to facilities within local communities they may not been able to access, and we’re committed to providing opportunities for everyone within Renfrewshire, regardless of their background.”
The scheme has proved to be a big success, earning more than 20 awards, including three high- profile awards in 2017 at the COSLA Excellence Awards, ROCCO Business Awards and Scottish Public Sector Awards.
The project runs in partnership with Renfrewshire Council, St Mirren Football Club, Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, and Engage Renfrewshire.