Youth Club’s quest for home of their own one step closer

By Dawn Black / July 1, 2023
Sea Cadet Hall High Street Stonehaven

From Kincardine and Mearns Youth Clubs – Stonehaven Youth Club

KMYC’s application for a Community Asset Transfer 30 year lease of the Old Sea Cadet Hall on the High Street, Stonehaven has been validated and is open for public consultation until 9am on Monday 31st July.

Currently Stonehaven Youth Club runs downstairs at the Community Centre one evening a week during term time only and is in competition with other community groups for space. The club has quickly grown to having 40-50 young people attend the drop-in session every Friday evening and is bursting at the seams in the current space. In order to fulfil their ambitions and expand provision to cover different age groups and interest activities they need their own space to enable them to open more evenings each week.

The building would also be the central office of the Kincardine and Mearns Youth Clubs charity (Reg No SC051940) for administration and training events.

The organisation will also open the building for use by other community groups at a small cost when not used by the youth club to help with maintenance costs. It would also be available to the community as a respite centre during emergencies and severe weather events.

The building is in need of some work and funding is being applied for via the UK Shared Prosperity Fund and the Community Ownership Fund.

To see the full proposal go to Asset Transfer – Former Sea Cadet Building or request a paper copy from K&M Project Officer Diane Henderson at diane.henderson@aberdeenshire.gov.uk or by phone on 01467 530848.

KMYC pride themselves in providing universal youth clubs, free at point of entry and would ask you to support this project by writing to Aberdeenshire Council by email to kincardineandmearns@aberdeenshire.gov.uk or by letter to K&M Area Manager, Aberdeenshire Council, Viewmount, Arduthie Road, Stonehaven, AB39 2DQ. Note you must include your name and address in the written submission for it to be valid