Girvan Youth Trust

Changing Lives

Girvan Youth Trust (GYT) is a not-for-profit charitable organisation based in Girvan, South Ayrshire. Our primary aim is to engage with local young people with a view to supporting them to make positive and healthy life choices in all areas of their lives. 

GYT own and run Z1 Youth Bar,  a state of the art, multi-functional, dedicated youth centre which is located at 154 Dalrymple Street in the town. The Youth Bar is disabled accessible non-alcoholic bar, fully equipped with IT suite, Arts & Crafts Suite, Functional Stage Area and Outdoor Area. Most of our weekly activities take place within Z1 as it is a safe, familiar and friendly environment for the young people. 

Our project has a dedicated team of youth workers, volunteers and trustees who live and work in the community, and have the young people’s best interests at heart. As you look round our website, you will see the variety of work that we are involved in and would encourage you to get in touch if you want to find out more…

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South Ayrshire Youth Forum Awards 2018

The South Ayrshire Youth Forum Awards took place on 6th December in Troon.  GYT had 3 young people and 2 groups nominated under different categories (Citizenship, Unsung Hero, Digital Media & Art, Democracy and Community Involvement). The Youth Participatory Budgeting Group from GYT were the only ones lucky enough to win their category (Democracy), however, […]

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25 Years of Local Youth Work

November saw us celebrate 25 Years since Local Youth Work was established in Girvan and 10 Years since Z1 Youth Bar opened. This saw us hold a number of events including a Parents Open Evening, Volunteer Night, Open Day and a Party Night too! We were also sharing stories on our Social Media accounts from […]

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Project SEARCH Graduation

On a beautiful day at Culzean Castle & Country Park on Friday 28th September a very special celebration took place for 7 young people with a Learning Disability or Autisic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) from throughout South Ayrshire. The young people had just successfully completed an 8 month internship, working at Culzean Castle and Country Park. […]

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Award Winners!

Last night, the team who organise and deliver Music on the Prom and our Summer Kids Entertainment Programme attended the West FM Cream of Ayrshire Awards as a finalist in the ‘Contribution to the Community’ Category. And guess what….THEY WON! The team would like to thank the programme sponsors, those who voted for us and […]

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