Hope that Kirrie youth project will continue

An appeal has gone out to help keep open the doors of a troubled Kirriemuir youth project which is facing an uncertain future.

The Vault, on Glengate, was closed in December after the unruly behaviour of some of its users forced organisers to pull the plug on the facility.

At that time chairman Murray David said the closure would be temporary while a decision on its long-term future would be taken in the new year.

Since then the volunteers who run The Vault have signalled their commitment to keeping the centre running by regrouping and undergoing additional training, and they are now keen to recruit more people to help. An open evening has been organised for this Tuesday (March 31).

Mr David said the closure has been prompted by the destructive, abusive and dangerous behaviour of some of the young people who used the facility.

Problems included disrupting neighbours, damage to the fabric of the building and lack of respect for peers or volunteers

The Vault, run by volunteers, opened in February last year to offer a drop-in facility for the town’s young people as a safe haven for them and new blood among the volunteers and committee is needed to keep it going.

A spokeswoman said: “On Tuesday it will be open for anyone interested in seeing the building open again to the youths of Kirriemuir.

“If you are keen to get youths off the street and see this facility open again then please come along to an Open Evening on Tuesday between 6.30 and 8 p.m. If you have an interest in youths then please come along and see the facility.

“The building is a great place for youths to be themselves and get off the streets but without volunteers and a committee to move the project forward it will remain closed for the foreseeable future.”

Local councillor Iain Gaul said he was pleased to see that the volunteers are keen to keep the facility running and urged anyone interested to get involved and take The Vault forward from a fresh start.

He said: “It’s a good project and a good place, and an opportunity for kids to get involved, do things and grow. They have a real chance to expand their horizons and do things for the community.

“It was a small group that has stopped that sort of growth, and that’s unfortunate. There is hope and it would be great if we could get it going again but until volunteers come forward, and I hope they do, there will be a bit of a hiatus. Hopefully it will be sustained but that’s also up to the young people involved.”