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Pointers Youth Centre in North Beach, Stornoway, is holding an Open Afternoon (1.30-4.30pm) to celebrate its 30th birthday on Friday (23 September 2022).

All are welcome to join staff in marking the milestone at 14-16 North Beach Street, Stornoway. 

Tea and cake will be available, says a statement today (Wednesday) from Comhairle nan Eilean Siar.  

Pointers is a purpose-designed youth centre run by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar based in the former Fishermen’s Mission.

The new centre was designed in consultation with local young people and was opened in 2000 – since then it has attracted a growing number of young people to take part in its activities.

When it was first created 30 years ago, it was based in the Stornoway Town Hall in the ground-floor offices now used for Council payments.

Pointers provides a warm, friendly, safe environment where young people aged 12 – 25 can meet socially or take part in organised groups.

Their Friday afternoon drop-in is only open to secondary aged young people.  They also have other structured groups such as a Young Mums group which is where they have young people up to the age of 25 attending.

Young people using the centre are encouraged to take an active role in how it is run, and what is on offer.

Group work offers support, information and advice to young people to help them to make informed decisions.

The youth café drop-in, which is open to all secondary aged young people on a Friday afternoon from 1.30pm – 4.30pm, is staffed by youth workers who are available to offer information and advice to young people if needed and provide a listening ear. 

Young people come can come in and out as they please.  They can choose to use the facilities, free of charge, including a pool table, games consoles, music, TVand board games or they can just relax and catch up with friends.

There is a tuck shop with a range of snacks and a coffee machine.

There is also the Outback room which is designed as a chill out room for over 15s to give them a more independent space.

Pointers runs two weekly groups for Young Carers up to 18 years. Their Carers groups are to give young carers a break away from their caring role, where they can come together with other young carers and participate in fun activities such as baking, joinery skills, sports, arts & crafts or just chilling out, listening to music.

During the summer holidays, the group meets with the group from Harris and has days out.

Recently, the groups were lucky to be awarded support through the Western Isles Community Care Forum, Shared Care Scotland fund.

With this money, and the advice of a local artist, they designed and painted a mural on a wall in Pointers. One of the young carers said: “If people are feeling down, they can go and look at it and it will make them happy.”

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