The Vault all set to open for Kirrie’s youths

Project manager Elaine Whittet in The Vault in Kirriemuir.'
Project manager Elaine Whittet in The Vault in Kirriemuir.'

AFTER months of speculation and what seems like years of planning, the doors at The Vault in Kirriemuir are almost ready to open.

The town centre building has been completely transformed, thanks to the dedication of a small group of volunteers who have worked tirelessly to secure the premises and the facilities for the youth of the town.

But whilst the building is complete and fully equipped there is one final piece of the ‘jigsaw’ that has to be put in place before the doors can open - adult volunteers.

Giving the Herald an exclusive look round the premises on Saturday, project manager Elaine Whittet, who has been heavily involved in the project over the years, appealed for volunteers to come forward to ensure The Vault opens for the winter months.

She said: “I am looking for volunteers who are prepared to come forward to undergo some training to ensure we can get the doors open and get the kids off the street. The Vault is for the youth of the town, aged between 13 to 17, and the number of nights we can open is dependant on the number of volunteers who come forward.

“We have already been approached by a few groups who would like to come in to work with the youngsters, once we are established.

“There are a lot of opportunities, we just need volunteers to come forward.”

Describing the project as “a rollercoaster of uncertainty” with speculation over “will it” or “wont it” open, Elaine revealed the former bank building, once sad and run down, has been transformed into a drop in facility fit for the youths of the town to call their own. With bright vibrant walls, wall art, X-boxes, Kinnect, a nail bar for the girls and a relaxing chilled atmosphere, this building has been truly transformed.

Elaine, along with Dawn Rennie, has spent the last few months putting the finishing touches to the building which is now fit for purpose. The project was made possible by LEADER funding awarded in 2011 and without the support of the LEADER team at Angus Council it is unlikely the building would be fit for the town’s teenagers. Bill Milne, Milnebank, and Ian McKenna, electrical contractors, have also been main contributors to the building renovations. Jack Soutar, from the Southmuir has also assisted the group with finalising the building. A group of volunteers, through Voluntary Action Angus, were responsible for painting the inside of the building and Gary Malone’s assistance in this area has also been greatly appreciated. Kirriemuir Community Council recently gifted £1,000 to assist with the ongoing running costs and other local businesses have offered financial support.

If you are interested in assisting at The Vault please contact Elaine on 07850 384700.