PYCP originated in 1981 as Pilton Youth Programme (PYP), an intensive support service for young people aged 12-18 who were seen to be “at risk”. The project merged in 1997 with Pilton Adventure Play Association (PAPA), a service for children under 12. This new organisation, registered as a Scottish Charity, was named Pilton Youth and Children’s Project.
It is really important to us that we retain the priorities set out by our founders; that is to provide a range of open access provision for children and young people aged 5 to 18 as well as more specialist services and support.
We consult regularly with service users to ensure that our services meet their needs, as well as speaking to parents, carers and community members to get their views.
In 2012/2013 over 400 different users accessed the project’s services on a weekly basis. We provided a 6 week Summer Programme with over 700 different service episodes and 40+ activities/outings. We work to include all young people in our services, by responding to individual needs, tailoring services and challenging discrimination.
PYCP provides a range of services and activities ranging from open clubs and groups to community and school based individual support in Greater Pilton area; with each provision being designed to meet the needs of particular age and peer groups. Activities are tailored to meet these needs in consultation with the children and young people involved.
Our work falls into 4 broad categories:
- Open access youth work;
- Targeted and referred support work to children and young people in need;
- Promotion of good health and well being;
- Progression routes for young people ie. volunteering programme, employability support.