Trust programme diary

Terri and Yvonne sit on the new couches in the Z1 Bar in front of the fantastic Elvis Presley mural.
Terri and Yvonne sit on the new couches in the Z1 Bar in front of the fantastic Elvis Presley mural.

Girvan’s Z1 Youth Bar in Dalrymple Street has a fantastic new look to it.

As our pictures show, the murals created by Frank Carty of Artisan Artworks and local signwriter Jamie McDonald have given the place a modern re-design full of vibrant colours.

Superstars Lionel Messi, Mo Farah and Usain Bolt all feature in the murals and staff are also enjoying the new couches that have been delivered to the premises.

And this comes just before the fifth anniversary of the opening of the Z1 Youth Bar in its current premises at 154 Dalrymple Street.

The bar was opened in December 2008 dedicated for young people and features two non-alcoholic lounge bars, a function suite, a commercial kitchen, a young person’s health clinic, an art studio and an IT suite.

The buliding is also equipped with disabled access and operates five days and six evenings a week supporting over 300 youngsters aged 12-18.

And whilst the Girvan Youth Trust was set up in 1999, this re-design comes 20 years after the first meetings were held to discuss facilities for young people in the town.

In 1993, a meeting was held with adults and 35 young people which established the Oasis Youth Project which ran for 15 years. Now the Z1 Youth Bar continues to support youngsters and they have received praise from a number of parties recently.

A local young person said: “‘I think that the experience you leave Z1 with is incredible. Working in Z1 has opened up a whole range of activities and opportunities for me’

A local parent stated: “My son has been attending the Hand in Hand project in Z1 since early last year.

“He suffers from the condition, developmental coordination disorder and this adversely affects his fine and motor skills as well as his overall confidence.

“He can be a very sensitive person and suffers from cruel taunts from others about the awkwardness resulting from his DCD. The Hand in hand project has helped boost his confidence as he feels accepted, valued, respected and welcome.

“I cannot emphasise enough how important the Hand in hand project has been in helping my son come out of his shell.

“I believe that the project has been invaluable to young people with special needs and without it they would be severely disadvantaged,”