MSP makes a ‘Pit Stop’

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Nigel Don MSP for Angus North and Mearns recently visited Pitstop, one of the main youth work providers in Forfar, to meet with development worker Sylvia Breen to hear about the work which is being done with and for young people.

Ms Breen told Mr Don about the ‘040 Project’ which provides young people with personal development and employability programmes as well as job search drop-ins to help young people be ready to look for work, training or further education opportunities.

She also told him about the drop-in facilities that open four nights a week where young people can get involved in activities that they would like to see taking place while having the opportunity to chat with youth work staff.

Currently taking place in addition to the above are dance and art workshops.

Mr Don said: “I was particularly impressed with the commitment of Sylvia and her staff to provide long-term support to these young people.

“For a small project they do an amazing amount of different work, using their contacts with partnership organisations to expand what they can offer.”

Ms Breen said: “We also encourage young people to try different things, from music, painting and decorating to outdoor activities, to give them the chance to find out for themselves what they might aspire to.”

“Everyone at Pitstop is hopeful that our application for funding to revamp our upstairs café area will be successful, because then we will be able to open 6 nights a week and provide a more modern and up to date space for young people to meet, but also provide employment, training and income for the project on an ongoing basis,” added Lynne Devine, a committee member.