Youth empowerment

"The youth of today are the leaders of tomorrow" Nelson Mandela

The Young People, Sport and Diversion Team at Vibrant Communities provide a variety of different activities that keep our young people Active.

  • Active and healthy by participating in sport or physical activity
  • Active in decisions about things that affect them
  • Active members of our communities

Sport and physical activity

East Ayrshire's sports clubs are by far the best way for children and young people to participate and achieve in sport.  We support around 80 voluntary sports clubs covering more than 20 different sports such as athletics, boxing, cricket to name a few. To find out more about sports clubs visit our East Ayrshire Sports Council page

The StreetSport programme offers free opportunities for young people aged 10-18 to take part in sports activities including football, basketball, golf and fitness. Find out dates on our Events page

The Bank of Scotland Midnight Leagues offer free football for all 12-18 year olds in seven locations throughout East Ayrshire and mostly take place on a Friday night under the lights! Find out dates on our Events page

It's all about the wheels and the mobile skatepark has its very own set of them.  Because we're mobile we can set up our two tables, flat banks, quarter pipes, kicker and grind rails practically anywhere. We also have helmets, knees pads, elbow pads and wrist guards as well as a stock of skate boards. Find out dates on our Events page

All Ability is our sport and physical activity programme for children and adults with physical, sensory or learning difficulties. This is sport without boundaries - give it a try and find out dates on our Events page

Active Schools co-ordinators work in all school clusters to make sure pupils have opportunities to remain active throughout their school career and beyond.

Youth clubs and activities

We offer community based youth groups throughout East Ayrshire which range from transition groups for those in Primary 6 to 1st year; 11+; 16+ and a number of mobile Youth Activity Programmes. Find out dates on our Events page

LGBT development - support, advice and guidance to young people, parents and carers around LGBT+ issues.

Culture clubs are for 11-25 years of age and can help young people understand issues that affect them and their community. We can give training on presentation skills, help gain confidence and build self-esteem. Find out dates on our Events page

Starbright is a young group specifically designed for children and young people with physical and learning disabilities. The group encourages young people to participate in the arts such as drama, singing, dancing and arts and crafts and at the end of the year they perform an original stage show as part of Learning Disability Week. Find out dates on our Events page

The Youth Action Team have Youth Activity Workers who are deployed to help in areas where young people have been the cause of complaints from local people and encourage them to take up more positive activities. Contact us below if you think we can help.

Youth achievement

Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) is the world’s leading youth achievement award, giving millions of 14 to 24 year olds the opportunity to be the very best they can be. There are three levels of programme you can do which, when successfully completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. To find out where your nearest DofE Centre is running, or find out about groups in your area contact us on the number below and start your adventure today

National Youth Achievement and Dynamic Youth Awards are nationally recognised Award Programmes levelled against the Scottish Credit Qualifications Framework (SCQF) at levels 3-7. The Award Programmes provide a framework to recognise the personal development of young people including the development of their leadership skills. If you’re involved in any kind of voluntary work in your community contact us to find out how you could earn this qualification at the same time!

Youth voice

Local Area Youth Forums are platforms that provide young people the opportunity to put their views across, supporting the young person’s rights as well as encouraging active, responsible citizens. The Forums inspire young people to feel empowered to actively make change happen in their local community as well as the wider council. Contact us below to find out more.

The Scottish Youth Parliament (SYP) is the democratically elected voice of Scotland’s young people. They are a young people’s parliament, designed by young people and led by young people for the benefit of young people. Every two years, Vibrant Communities coordinate the SYP Elections and within East Ayrshire there are three Members of the SYP supported by the Young People, Sport and Diversion Team. Your MSYP is always keen to hear from you and to find out your views on whatever is the topic of the day. Email your local MSYP to share your views/concerns or visit the Scottish Youth Parliament website

Young Scot operates a free and confidential phone service, the Young Scot information line which offers information on a range of topics including money, health and the arts, as well as answering questions like: How do I get my first passport? Visit the Young Scot website

Contact Information

Vibrant Communities
Telephone: 01563 576354
Telephone: 01563 578104
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