In 2020, 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-Fri - DROP-IN - Lunchtime

Every weekday 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 - 15.45-18.45

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!
Every year this culminates 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.

Monday afternoons - GIRLS FOOTBALL - 15.45-16.45

Our youth work project manager, Graeme Johnston, delivers an hour of girls football coaching with Rebecca Early, AHS English teacher. This takes place on the high school astro. 

Monday & Thursday afternoons - GUITAR TUITION- 15.45-16.45

On Mondays and Thursdays, our fantastic Rock School guitar tutor Steve Agnew teaches pupils on a one-to-one basis. This ranges from absolute beginners to those at an advanced level. Pupils can sit exams and work towards different grades of Rock School certification. Anyone who would be interested in free tuition should contact Graeme Johnston.

Tuesday afternoons - INTERGENERATIONAL - 15.45-18.45

Hollie and Sinead take a small group of young people to McKelvie Road sheltered housing for intergenerational activities with local elderly people. After an hour, the group then heads back to the youth cabins to chill, play games, and jam in the music room 

Wednesday afternoons - ART PSYCHOTHERAPY - 15.45-18.45

Every Wednesday afternoon, our trained and experienced art psychotherapist Shone Redmayne leads us in a session where young people can create, paint, draw, sculpt, in order to express their feelings and emotions. At the end, they can then talk about this, if they wish. Many young people find this relaxing and helpful with their mental health.

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 the past, the committee has overseen a complete renovation of their youth cabins, have organised an end-of-exams disco and sports weekend, and planned and budgeted our annual summer trips. Young people work towards Dynamic Youth and Youth Achievement awards for their part in this group.

Thursday afternoons - LGBT+ club - 16.45-18.45

Our LGBT+ club meets every Thursday. This is open to all young people on Arran, regardless of their sexuality or gender. The group has fun playing pool, Xbox, PS4, watching movies, baking and playing games. We also have a weekly "chance to share", which is an opportunity to come out, talk about LGBT-relevant issues, or discuss anything else on your mind. The group have also enjoyed many helpful sessions such as positive mental health discussions, anti-bullying sessions, LGBT-specific sexual health education, and visits from many speakers and guests from within the LGBT+ community.

Thursday afternoons - RUNNING CLUB - 15.45-16.45

Our mixed abilities running club meets at 15.45 at the Lamlash youth cabins. As well as our weekly runs, the group has taken part in the Brodick castle gate-to-gate 5K and Eglinton Parkrun.

Friday nights - DROP IN - 15.45-21.00

AYF opens the youth cabins every Friday night between 15.45-21.00 for a mixture of activities, with all high school students welcome.

Whether it's football on the astro - 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 Fortnite on the Xbox One - sharing a laugh with friends playing the PS4 - 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 Christmas. 

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:

  • Summer trips that have included archery, Killie games, gorge walking, paragliding, paintball, Three Towns Motor Project, mountain biking, running, Street Games multi-sports festival, Glasgow Warriors matches, Cook School, Escape Glasgow, shopping, cinema, and trips to Alton Towers.
  • An annual night which sees young people host a three-course meal in 1869 restaurant, cooking and serving for invited parents, guests and funders.
  • Hosting 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.
  • Previous weekly sessions including an IT peer education project, lacrosse club, and a film-making project which saw young people achieve a National 4 qualification.
  • 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.