Friday night’s alright for celebrating

Members, youth workers and guests at last week's celebration for the Kirrie Friday Night Project.
Members, youth workers and guests at last week's celebration for the Kirrie Friday Night Project.

Kirriemuir’s Friday Night Project celebrated its fifth birthday with a party in the town hall for more than 100 people.

More than 100 people including local businesses and councillors, gathered on Friday to celebrate the group’s five successful years, which have seen more than 700 young people from the area pass through its doors.

The project, overseen by Voluntary Action Angus (VAA), takes a positive approach with local young people to build relationships between them and agencies and services including Police Scotland, Tayside Fire and Rescue, NHS Tayside and Angus Council. Many of the young volunteers who helped make the project possible back in 2009 are now its organisers and leaders today.

Gary Malone, VAA chief executive, said: “For five years I’ve been privileged to be part of the Kirriemuir Friday Night Project and I am impressed by the passions of the people who started it in the first place and made it a great success today.

“Our employees and volunteers who run the project started as volunteers five years ago and now enjoy great respect from young people of a similar age today, they have empathy and understand what it’s like to be young in Kirriemuir and that’s what makes a positive difference. We want to make Kirriemuir a ‘young people friendly town’ and address negative perceptions about young people. We should be rightfully proud of the contributions young people make to this area, through their volunteering and involvement in the community, therefore the Friday Night Project is a critical part of developing a new culture of youth work and positivity towards young people.”

Councillors Iain and Jeanette Gaul also praised the project as “a brilliant example of what local organisations and volunteers can achieve” and many businesses contributed to the occasion, while local third sector organisations such as AWARE and TCA were also present. Further information about the project is available from Lesley Simpson at or by telephoning 01307 466113.