Let’s do it hand in hand in Girvan

The Z1 Hand in Hand Group pictured last week.
The Z1 Hand in Hand Group pictured last week.

Girvan Youth Trust’s Hand In Hand project is celebrating receiving a grant of over £38,000 this week.

The funding will pay for a local youth worker who will work with young people with learning disabilities in the Glendoune area of Girvan.

The 24-month project, called Let’s do It, aims to deliver weekly one-to-one and group support sessions and social outings for 30 young people with additional special needs.

Yvonne McGill, Hand in Hand project co-ordinator, said: “This is part of the Hand in Hand project but is more about individual development.

“We will identify individuals in need of most support and will cover all aspects of family life to help in those areas.

“This will help give opportunities to advance them both educationally and vocationally.”

The Hand in Hand group enjoyed a couple of outings recently with a trip to the Irn Bru Carnival in Glasgow recently and on Sunday they were off to see Aladdin at the King’s Theatre in Glasgow.

Using money raised by HealthEngage through The Health Lottery, the grant was awarded by People’s Health Trust through Active Communities, a funding programme which invests in local people and groups in communities with great ideas to make their communities even better.

Chris Lunn, director of HealthEngage, said: “This project, supported using money raised by HealthEngage, is extremely valuable to a wide range of individuals in this region, we look forward to hearing more about how this initiative enables people to live longer healthier lives.”

Active Communities is for community groups and not-for-profit organisations seeking investment for projects lasting up to two years.