Youth project needs your help to improve

Helping out: Douglas Thompsett, left, and Darren Gair of Pitstop sit amidst the work in progress at the project. '
Helping out: Douglas Thompsett, left, and Darren Gair of Pitstop sit amidst the work in progress at the project. '

THE PITSTOP Youth Project has finally secured sufficient funding to purchase materials and begin the long awaited upgrade to the main hall in their building.

Plans had previously been drawn up to convert the existing basic facilities into a fully functioning healthy foods and juice bar for its members and to give the existing hall a much needed facelift.

The aims of the project are to encourage healthy eating and health awareness in young people and to give their members an opportunity to gain valuable experience in social enterprise and increase their employability, whilst also improving the space for its members and to encourage more young people to attend a cool place to hang out.

The economic climate has made it increasingly difficult for charities in general to secure the funding they so desperately need to carry on providing the invaluable services that they offer. Pitstop is no different to other charities and being a small local grass roots organisation find it equally if not more difficult to secure the necessary funding. Nevertheless, the Pitstop’s staff have worked tirelessly to secure the funding to upgrade the existing facilities.

However, to bring this project into reality the organisation has had to rely on the goodwill of local tradespeople who have donated their valuable time and effort to remove the outdated interior of the facility so work on the new interior could begin on an empty canvas.

The Pitstop had allocated eight weeks for the work to be completed, and now seven weeks into the project a large amount of work has been done and the new interior is taking shape and is on course to being everything the team had hoped for.

Unfortunately, due to the time constraints of the tradespeople who have been assisting us so far work is grinding to a halt. As such, the Pitstop is calling upon the local community, in particular any local tradespeople with electrical wiring, joinery or plastering skills to donate any time they can spare, be it an evening, an afternoon or a spare weekend to assist in bringing this worthwhile project to completion.

Anyone who is interested in lending a hand can either contact the Pitstop direct on 01307 467657 or they can contact Pitstop’s Chairman, Stuart Mackie on 07720 707 780.

Any assistance will be greatly appreciated by the young people who utilise the Pitstop and once completed the new space will allow the organisation to provide much more to the young people of Forfar and surrounding areas. Pitstop members would like to thank Graeme Denyer for all his help and support to date.