Girvan Youth Trust

Changing Lives


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

StreetLights Detached Youth Work Project

GYT have recently appointed two new Detached Youth Workers who will be delivering our new ‘StreetLights’ Project.

Lucy and Gordon are GYT’s new Detached Youth Workers and will be engaging with young people on local streets on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evenings.

Swirls Coffee Shop

Our new ‘Swirls Coffee Shop’ will be opening in Z1 Youth Bar on Saturday 2nd March!

The Coffee Shop will be run by a team of young and adult volunteers and will be open on Monday’s and Saturday’s from 10.00am-3.00pm to start off with.


Going Forward for South Carrick

Last night our ‘Girvan Youth Participatory Budgeting’ Group held their third annual PB Event – ‘Going Forward for South Carrick’.

The group have been working on this round of PB during the winter months and their hard work came to fruition last night.

12 local groups were successful in securing funding from the event in order to carry out work which comes under one (or all) of the three headings; Dementia, Additional Support Needs and/or Intergenerational Work.