Active Hub will continue in town

A youth diversion initiative running in three Aberdeenshire communities has secured funding for a second year.

The Active Hub project, which is run by Aberdeenshire Council’s active communities team, encourages young people between 10 and 16 to take part in a variety of free activities including sports, art and healthy cooking and currently runs in Stonehaven, Inverurie and Fraserburgh on Friday evenings.

It has been granted £40,000 of funding from the Aberdeenshire Alcohol and Drugs Partnership to enable it to continue for a second year.

The initiative aims to promote physical and mental wellbeing by helping youngsters to make healthy, informed choices, increase self-esteem and self-confidence and develop effective social skills.

The involvement of a number of key agencies has enabled the project to target young people who may be at risk of alcohol and other drug misuse, while opportunities are also available for older participants to volunteer and gain coaching experience.

Aberdeenshire Council active communities officer, Fraser Govan, said: “We are delighted the Active Hub project has secured funding for a second year. It has been running in the three communities every Friday night since it started in May 2011 and it has been great to see both new and familiar faces joining us each week.

“Over the year we have increased the range of activities available for young people, so in addition to sport, we now have art, music and cookery activities available – we want there to be something for everyone, and to give young people a fun alternative to hanging about the streets at night.”

An active hub runs from 7pm–10pm in Stonehaven Leisure Centre, The project could be rolled out across other communities in the future.

For more information, contact Fraser Govan on 01569 768355 or via email at fraser.govan@aberdeenshire.gov.uk.