In 2015, AYF will deliver the following activities on a weekly basis. These are open to everyone of high school age. Anyone interested in taking part should feel free to come along or get in touch with our Youth Work Project Manager, Graeme Johnston, for more information.

Mon/Tues/Wed - DROP-IN - Lunchtime

Every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon during term time, the youth cabins open for activities and a chance to chill out on your lunch break. Enjoy the PS4, Xbox One, music equipment and all the other great opportunities the newly-renovated youth cabins offer.

Monday afternoons - COOKING - 16.30-18.30

We meet every Monday afternoon for cooking: learning how to boil pasta, chop vegetables, handle and cook raw meat, bake, and make dishes such as sweet and sour chicken, spaghetti bolognese, strawberry cheesecake etc - and the best part is that everyone who takes part gets to eat the end result!
This has twice culminated in a restaurant night at Auchrannie's 1869 restaurant, with parents, invited guests and funders sampling a fantastic three course meal prepared by young people under the guidance of head chefs and front-of-house hospitality staff.
The group have also recently been working on their own recipe book.

Wednesday afternoons - FILM MAKING - 16.30-18.30

Every Wednesday afternoon we meet for our film-making club, with young people working towards qualifications (National 4, 5, and Higher). Recent projects include our Arran High School advert, a zombie invasion on the island of Arran, and a short film called 'I Love Arran Because...'
In 2015, we'll be working on a clip with Taste of Arran and Visit Arran promoting local businesses.
We meet at Brodick church hall and often go out into Brodick to film.

Thursday afternoons - YOUTH FORUM - 15.45-16.45

Every Thursday, a committee of young people meet in the youth cabins next to the high school to tackle issues important to local young people. In 2015 they have organised, amongst other things, a sports weekend, an end-of-exams disco and a trip to Alton Towers. Young people work towards Dynamic Youth and Youth Achievement awards for their part in this group. The group have also been overseeing a complete renovation of their youth cabins.

Thursday afternoons - RUNNING CLUB - 17.15-18.00

We have recently launched a running club for mixed-abilities, from absolute beginners to experienced joggers, with Laura Aitcheson of Jog Scotland. The group meets outside the Auchrannie spa.

Friday nights - DROP IN - 19.00-21.00

AYF opens in Brodick church hall every Friday night between 19.00 and 21.00 with a mixture of activities, with all high school students welcome.

Whether it's football in the big hall - baking, smoothies or creating your own pizza in the kitchen - expressing your artistic side with clay modelling, painting, electric guitars or even just a go on Guitar Hero for the Wii - sharing a laugh with friends playing the Xbox 360 with Kinect, FIFA, Halo: Reach - film-making with our camcorder - chilling out with movies, music, sweets and much more -  there should be something for everyone.

Summer nights are usually a good mix of sports, water fights, barbecues, treasure hunts and so on!

We are usually closed over October hols, Christmas etc. 

Past events

In the last few years, AYF has provided loads of weekly activities and one-off events for the young people of Arran. Some of the highlights have been:

  • Throughout summer 2015, young people enjoyed a variety of trips such as archery, a Killie game, gorge walking, paragliding, paintball, Three Towns Motor Project, mountain biking, running, Street Games multi-sports festival, Glasgow Warriors match, Cook School, Escape Glasgow, shopping, cinema, and a trip to Alton Towers.
  • In March 2015, young people hosted a three-course meal in 1869 restaurant for the second year running, cooking and serving for invited parents, guests and funders.
  • In August 2014 in conjunction with KA Leisure, we hosted two sports days - one with a portable football pitch and street golf in Lochranza, and a multi-sports event at Arran High School the following day.
  • Over the summer and October school holidays, we took young people on trips and excursions including gorge walking, raft building and the climbing wall at the Arran outdoor centre, the Queen's Baton event in Ardrossan, a silent disco in Brodick, a trip to the Three Towns Motor Project where young people worked with cars and drove off-road buggies, various visits to the cinema, two trips to the Commonwealth Games for squash and badminton, an outdoor centre in Glasgow for a jump out of a fifty foot tower, two days of paintball, a football match at Rugby Park in Kilmarnock, shopping and cinema trips in Glasgow, ten pin bowling, a multi-sports festival and ice skating in George Square. Phew!
  • At the end of March 2014, we wrapped up our cooking project by hosting a restaurant evening in the Auchrannie's 1869, with young people cooking for parents and invited guests.
  • In December 2013, we again ran a Christmas card delivery scheme throughout Brodick, this time raising £150 for the group.
  • In November 2013, AYF hosted their second film screening with around 60 members of the community present, this time demonstrating their new 'Arran High School' and 'Day of the Zombies' projects.
  • Over summer 2013, we met every week for a wood carving project at the castle, with the help of local sculptor Marvin Elliot. The young people worked on a Lebanon Cedar tree, still in situ, onto which they carved the heads of native Arran animals.
  • Throughout May and June 2013, the young people worked on a film about Arran High School.
  • In May 2013 we linked with NAC Social Services in Health & Wellbeing week to deliver positive mental health activities.
  • Throughout 2013 we ran the the Microsoft Youth Hub project, where young people met every week in Brodick church hall for I.T. activities led by their peers. Using equipment including four laptops, four tablets, internet, and an Xbox with Kinect, we covered a great deal of educational subjects - programming, design, film-making and editing, photography and so on.
  • In the lead-up to the Christmas period 2012, we were very lucky to have a visit from the local Zumba instructor, a jewelery workshop and two sessions on film & animation provided by the Caley centre. We also ran a very successful Christmas card delivery scheme around Brodick in conjunction with Bilslands, raising £200, with young people's efforts accredited by Dynamic Youth.
  • In September 2012, we held a film screening to showcase the short films created by the group's young people. The following week, we were also privileged to have a visit from the Auchrannie's head chef, who organised a 'Ready Steady Cook' session with the young people.
  • After a summer of fundraising by the young people and thanks to a donation of tickets from the club, 12 young people were able to visit Kilmarnock Football Club on 18th August 2012 for their home game versus Motherwell. We also visited a local swing park and enjoyed dinner at McDonalds in Stevenston.
  • Over summer 2012, Graeme delivered football coaching in Shiskine for the local primary school kids. This ran from 12th May 2012 to 30th June 2012 and was a great success. Graeme has also helped at Shiskine's Friday afternoon kids club.
  • In June 2012, we were visited by staff from Stevenston's Caley centre, who delivered a fantastic photography workshop for the group's young people, using digital SLR cameras. 
  • Throughout May and June 2012, the young people of AYF met every Thursday afternoon to organise a fundraising open day (June 16th, Strabane House). They worked towards Dynamic Youth awards for doing so.
  • In December 2011 and May 2012, we helped Lamlash CL&D youth forum host two very successful discos in Brodick village hall.
  • In September 2011, a Beith boys group visited us and played seven-a-sides against a team of Arran youngsters at the Ormidale pitches.
  • Over July and August 2011, AYF linked up with other groups on Arran and the mainland to host summer barbecues.
  • In April 2011, we visited the Caley ICT & Music Centre in Stevenston for a mixture of DJing, music, animation and photography.
  • In February 2011, we visited the Ardrossan Youth Association to witness a presentation by the Saltcoats Youth Action group on their efforts to fundraise for a new building. We also took part in games with the other groups, and a visit to ten-pin bowling in Saltcoats.