Support for YM to continue

MONTROSE YM will receive continued support from Angus Council worth more than £10,000 under the terms of a new service level agreement.

At their meeting last Thursday, members of the council’s education committee rubber stamped agreements with the YM and the Forfar Drugs Initiative Group.

The committee heard that the Montrose group offers a welcoming environment to young people and provides a range of activities and that young people benefit considerably from the opportunities on offer.

The YM has had a service level agreement with the council since 2008 under the terms of which it had to meet a number of criteria including operating an open youth work provision, offering a welcoming environment for local youngsters with opportunities to take part in a range of activities; provide three hours of focused youth work activities offering young people the opportunity to help plan and learn skills in a range of aspect of shared interest; and to participate actively in the work of the Montrose Integrated Children and Young People’s Services Partnership.

Its agreement was extended until March next year.

Members were also told that the Forfar Drugs Initiative Group, which will receive £3,776 over the same period, has shown a strong commitment to working in partnership with other youth work providers in Forfar.

The group provides support to young people, providing information, counselling and assistance in accessing specialist support services and encourages young people with shared interests to work together and develop activities for themselves.