State of the art youth centre for young people across Tayside.
Standing on Atholl Street, the 130-year-old St Andrew’s and St Stephen’s building is being transformed into an advanced youth centre for young people across Tayside. We purchased the C-listed church in December 2000 with huge ambitions to transform it into an innovative space for young people containing a wide range of engaging facilities. Here, young people will have access and opportunities to learn where they can improve their confidence and skills, meet other young people and receive support from our dedicated youth workers.
Reserve a Brick
Help Raise Funds for our new Y Centre
You or your business could help support the young people of Tayside. Become a part of YMCA history by donating to our Y Centre project. Our ‘Reserve A Corporate Brick’ campaign gives you the opportunity to add an engraved tile to part of the new Y Centre. We are working towards our building being Net Zero and are using sustainable materials throughout the building. We are reusing wood stripped out of the old Church to make wooden bricks that will be engraved with a message from you or your business. These donations will be used towards meeting the costs of the internals of the building.
Secure your legacy by making a reservation today!
Y Centre Fundraising Efforts
Bringing Your Y Centre To Life
Can you help us reach our targets?
£4,912,260 of £5,491,538
Fundraising Towards Internals
£56,581 of £209,226
As featured on STV
STV Made a short feature at the beginning of the project.
Y Centre Progress
Watch this short video to see how the project is developing.
Providing young people with safe emergency housing.
It is important to us, and part of our duty as a youth work organisation, that we do all we can to keep young people in our community safe. Therefore, our Y Centre will include social housing for young people across Tayside who may be may be transitioning from supported temporary housing or those in need of emergency housing.
Young people who use our social housing facilities can also gain support from our youth workers. They will have access to our additional facilities, drop in sessions where they can meet other young people and the opportunity to take part in training allowing them to gain vital skills.
We are inspired to support young people to get back on their feet and on the right track by giving them a space where they can feel safe, learn and gain support.
Giving young people valuable work experience, confidence and skills.
Our Social Enterprise is an exciting and unique initiative as part of our new Y Centre to encourage young people to gain valuable job skills. This will give young people the chance to achieve retail experience where they can interact with new people in a professional, fun and welcoming setting. We will have a coffee shop which will offer barista training, merchandise printing, electric bike hire and bespoke furniture creation and upcycling.
Young people who choose to get involved in our Social Enterprise will be able to learn about the important of customer service, money handling and stock management. With this addition, we hope it will inspire young people to gain more confidence, develop new skills and will help prepare them for the job world!
Leading by example and become more eco conscious.
Here at YMCA Tayside, we care deeply about environmental sustainability and we are passionate when it comes to learning about how we as an organisation can become more eco-friendly. As a result, the Y Centre will feature a number of solar panels and the building will be heated by an air source heat pump. We will also have energy generating gym equipment which can then be used to power electronic devices in the building like our computers!
By implementing these ideas we hope to lead by example and encourage young people and individuals in our community to think about what they can do to have a more positive impact on our environment.