Brighter future for The Vault

The Vault in Glengate.
The Vault in Glengate.

A closure-threatened youth facility in Kirriemuir could be reprieved after a successful evening to attract new volunteers.

The Vault drop-in on Glengate was closed in December after the behaviour of some of its users forced organisers to pull the plug on its services.

At that time the committee announced that the closure was be temporary, with a decision on its long-term future to be taken in the new year.

The volunteers who run facility signalled their commitment to keeping the centre running by regrouping and undergoing additional training, as well as holding an open evening for potential volunteers to register their interest.

A spokeswoman for The Vault this week said the event, which was held at the end of last month, was successful although further discussions will take place.

She said: “A good number of potential interested individuals turned up and a good discussion on the way forward was held.

“The next stage will be the Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, April 28 at 7 p.m. in Fairlie House, Kirriemuir.

“Anyone interested in seeing this facility opened again is encouraged to come along.”

The Vault, run entirely by volunteers, opened in February last year, after years of planning and fund-raising to offer a drop-in facility for the town’s young people as a safe haven for them but it was forced to close its doors in December due to what chairman Murray David said was the destructive, abusive and dangerous behaviour of some of the young people who used the facility.

He added that The Vault had been “dogged” by problems since it opened and that the decision had been taken “with a heavy heart”.

Mr David also said that problems included disruption to neighbours, youngsters running across the busy street and although a sign in and out policy was introduced, doing away with the drop-in element, this only led to some “exceptionally bad behaviour” within the building including damage to the fabric of the building and lack of respect for peers or volunteers.

He also said that structured activities such as pool, basketball and games consoles were also introduced to complement the existing drop-in arrangements but which had not been well received by some of the young people.