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Speyside Youth gets ready to open its doors

12 October 2015

A new Youth Café will open its doors for the first time on 30 October at Dufftown Community Centre, with activities being aimed at young people of S1-S3 age. The café is being run by Speyside Youth who have been formed with the aim of establishing a youth facility for area providing activities and wider opportunities for young people in the area.

Fred Allan, Chair of Speyside Youth, said “Speyside Youth Ltd. has been set up with the help and guidance of many organisations throughout the area and beyond. Our aim is to provide a safe, warm, fun place for young people to get together and access non-judgemental help and support, within the area of southern Moray district. I am delighted that we are now in a position to start offering activities on a weekly basis.”

“In the future, we hope to offer a range of free or low cost activities and outings, personal development courses such as the Duke of Edinburgh Awards, and employability training for the young people of the area. Our vision is to establish a "bricks and mortar" facility in Dufftown with the addition of "pop-up" sections in the surrounding communities so that young people have the opportunity to mix, socialise and help each other.”

Speyside Youth work alongside a committee of young people to develop and deliver activities. Part-time youth workers Toni Taylor and Julie Oyarzabal have also been appointed to help kick start youth activities in the area.

The initial phase of the project is being supported through funding from the William Grant Foundation’s Youth Opportunities Fund, which is administered through Foundation Scotland.

Nick Addington, Chief Executive of the William Grant Foundation said, “The William Grant Foundation aims to support greater opportunities for all and strengthen the local communities in which William Grant & Sons Ltd operates. We are interested in supporting young people in Dufftown and the surrounding area to help them develop resources and services locally that will enable them to develop their skills and interests to fulfil their potential. It’s great to see Speyside Youth coming together to move this forward and we are pleased to be supporting their first activities with young people.”

Speyside Youth would also be interested to hear from anyone who would be able to volunteer. For more information on the group or volunteering opportunities contact Julie on 07967 748835 or Toni on 07976 494827 or email

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