Girvan Youth Trust

Changing Lives

Living Wage Employer Accreditation

We are delighted to announce that Girvan Youth Trust are now a Living Wage Scotland Employer!

Their Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at Girvan Youth Trust receive a minimum hourly wage of £9.50. This rate is higher than the statutory minimum for over 25s of £8.72 per hour introduced in April 2020.
The real Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually. The Living Wage is calculated according to the real costs of living.

“Girvan Youth Trust is delighted to become a Living Wage Accredited Employer. We appreciate the hard work our loyal dedicated staff team provide to the Young People in the Girvan and South Carrick areas and by increasing our pay rates in line with the Living Wage we are setting an example within our local community and industry.” Gail, Project Co-ordinator

Employers choose to pay the real Living Wage on a voluntary basis, recognising the value of their workers and ensuring that a hard day’s work receives a fair day’s pay. Right now, is when standing by these values matters the most and employers who do right by workers and families are the ones that will help lead us through and out of this crisis

SCVO Scottish Charity Awards 2020 – Finalist!

Our very own Erin Murdoch has been shortlisted for national charity award!
Run annually by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO), the Scottish Charity Awards celebrate the best of Scotland’s voluntary sector.
This year’s shortlist includes 45 individuals and organisations from charities and voluntary groups across the country. While a judging panel will determine the winners under eight distinct categories, members of the public can have their say by voting for their favourite overall entry in the People’s Choice Award – by visiting – before 5pm on Friday 4 September 2020.
Erin has been recognised as a finalist in the ‘Leading Light’ category and are encouraging those who know Erin and her work to vote for her.
“ I couldn’t believe it when I was told that I was nominated for this award and had reached the final
stages. Youth Work has been a massive part of my life since I was 14 years old and I am so grateful
for all of the opportunities that it has given me. I am so lucky to be able to work and volunteer in my
local community with such a great team of young people, volunteers and staff.” – Erin
The full list of finalists can be found on the SCA website. Due to the impact of coronavirus, this year the Awards will run a little differently. Winners will be announced on 25 September (rescheduled from June) and will now take place online so that all finalists and attendees who wish to attend are still able to join the celebrations in a safe way, regardless of lockdown phase or shielding status.
Anna Fowlie, Chief Executive of SCVO, said: “Much of the work celebrated this year predates the pandemic. All aspects of our lives have been disrupted in 2020. Our communities and the charities, voluntary groups and social enterprises they rely on have been under enormous pressure. Scotland’s voluntary sector has never been more needed and will be essential to Scotland’s recovery. At SCVO we know that fantastic work is going on all the time and we are delighted to celebrate these achievements and successes through the Scottish Charity Awards.
“This year’s shortlist of 45 finalists showcases just how diverse our voluntary sector is, and highlights the fantastic work that has been going on across the country since the last Awards until March this year. The Awards are a great way of celebrating and recognising the people and organisations who make our voluntary sector a crucial part of every part of life in Scotland. Our finalists are fantastic and I would encourage everyone to support their favourite by voting in the People’s Choice Award.”

COVID 19 Response

Thanks to a grant from Foundation Scotland and The National Emergencies Trust’s Response, Recovery & Resilience Fund, we have been able to form a response to the COVID 19 Pandemic which allows us to distribute monthly theme Packs to our young people.


Since April, we have distributed over 790 Packs to local young people.  Packs theme have included Health & Wellbeing, Summer Holiday Vibes and Movie Night.


We would also like to thank local business, partner organisation and agencies who have supported our Young Person Packs too, these include; Girvan Dental Practice, Girvan Post Office, Asda Girvan, Public Health Ayrshire & Arran, Graziano’s Harbour Cafe, Marine Fish Restaurant and South Ayrshire Health & Social Care Partnership.


Also, a special thank you to those who funded our Young Person Packs; Girvan Town Team, Foundation Scotland, National Emergencies Trust and National Lottery Community Fund Scotland.


Feel free to have a read at our YP Pack Overview to get a full insight into the packs we created for our local young people!



In the midst of this #COVID19 pandemic, we’re delighted to share some AMAZING and EXCITING news with you…

We are delighted to let you all that we have been successful in securing funding from the William Grant Foundation to keep StreetLights, our Detached Youth Work Project, running for another 2 years!

In the last 12 months, the StreetLights team have delivered 521 hours of Detached Youth Work;

🟣 521 hours of walking the streets in all weathers

🟣 521 hours of Positive Engagement with local young people

🟣 521 hours of Building Relationships with the local community

🟣 521 hours of wiping tears, giving advice and providing plasters

🟣But most importantly 521 hours of FUN!

We’d like to shout out a special thank you to the young people and local businesses who supported our application.

Virtual Bingo Night!

On Friday 15th of May, Team Hand in Hand held their first ever virtual family bingo night on Zoom.

Hand in Hand Juniors and Hand in Hand Seniors came together for one large night of virtual fun!

There were 21 people in attendance, 4 of which were the Hand In Hand youth workers and everyone else were the young people. This number doesn’t include all the families in the background joining in on all the fun!

Two rounds were held, a number bingo and a music bingo, there were lots of prizes to be won for both rounds and spot prizes for the most enthusiastic dancers.

A quote from a young person said “ It was super fun and nice to meet some of the younger group.”

Due to current circumstances around the world we haven’t been able to come together as a group for a while now but as we get used to working virtually we are hoping to provide as much fun as possible for our young people at home!

Every Friday Lauren and Rachael hold a virtual quiz for the young people to attend but this was our first large virtual event and it was a success!

A parent of a young person said   “We had a great giggle on Friday night and look forward to the next one”

The great response from both the young people and their families has encouraged us to hold more larger scale virtual events as well as our weekly quizzes. The next one is going to be a virtual sing a long night.

Another young person said “ Sometimes crazy is a mess. Sometimes crazy is the best.”

It was crazy, but it was a huge success especially since it was all online, everyone got involved as much as they could and despite it just being bingo, by the end of the event everyone was singing and dancing along to the music that was  being played.

All prizes were delivered adhering to social distancing policy only a couple of days after the event to make sure everyone got what they won!

Young Person with a Spot Prize they won!


We currently have a vacancy within our team for a new Z1 Project Co-ordinator.

For more details on this post head to our Vacancies page

Project Manager Appointment

GYT are delighted to announce that former Project Co-ordinator Donna Westbrook has been appointed as our new Project Manager.

We’re excited to start the new year with new leadership and are looking forward to supporting Donna in this role and letting you all know about our exciting plans for 2020!

Donna officially started her role as Project Manager on Monday 2nd December and we hope you join us in wishing her the best of luck.

Project Manager Vacancy

Girvan Youth Trust are currently seeking to recruit a Project Manager.

For more information on this post, please head to our Vacancies page.

Trainee Youth Worker Vacancy

Our Hand in Hand Team are recruiting for a Trainee Youth Worker to join their team.

The post holder will work alongside the team to create and develop an exciting programme for the young people involved int eh project to participate in.

For me details head to our Vacancies page.

Music on the Prom 2019

Music on the Prom 2019 kicked off on Sunday 9th June with Robert T Leonard as Tom Jones.

This year saw us also add a new element to the programme – our ‘Young Person Showcase’.  Each week we have a young musician perform from 1.30pm – 2.00pm before the Main Act comes on at 3pm.

You can also download a copy of our Summer Programme brochure by clinking the link below.

2019 Summer Programme