The Isle of Skye, like any-given-community in the UK, has a large network of services in place to address many areas of need.

Skye YMCA is uniquely able to support young people affected by these issues by focusing on:

  • On-going relationship building with those young people we work with.
  • Through good practice earning trust and respect in our community.
  • By being open in the evenings (and occasionally during the day).
  • Simply getting alongside young people in order to positively guide them, together, into their full potential.

 

We do this by engaging with a multitude of local and national agencies to support the best interests of each young person. The Isle of Skye has alot to offer our young people and to give them a great them a great start in life. There are however many real challenges we all face when serving the young people in our local communities – such as:

  • Unqualified local work force
  • Local deprivation
  • Single parent families
  • Lack of positive role models
  • Obesity
  • Night-time economy
  • Alcohol misuse
  • Substance abuse
  • Crime rates (albeit much lower than most parts of the UK)
  • Significant rate of school refusers & exclusions
  • Domestic abuse
  • Suicide, Self Harm and Depression
  • Joblessness
  • Local perception of ‘youth’

 

It is definitely not all: Bad news! As a youth work agency we are more than optimistic that if we all continue to work together in serving the young people in our communities – the ‘Skye’… truly will be the limit! As a recent Scottish Government publication suggests:

If we earnestly work in partnership with young people beginning with early intervention (pre sixteen); post-sixteen and with the right support we can play our part in leaving profound and lasting positive changes in their lives  and a living legacy for future generations.

 

 

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YMCA SKYE WEEKLY/ MONTHLY

WHAT’S ON
Use our up to date calendar to see what’s on.
Or checkout our FB page: https://www.facebook.com/YmcaPortree/

WEEKLY
ACCESS (North Skye) Portree High School during term time (Wednesdays: 1:30pm to 2pm)

Y Friday (South Skye)
Sabhal Mòr Ostaig (Old Campus)
P5 to P7 (Fridays: 6:30pm to 8pm)

MONTHLY
Y Saturday
Various trips to Inverness (and other locations)
For a great day out for: P5 to P7;
and separately for: S1 to S6
See Y Saturday page for details*

MONTHLY
Y Sunday
A monthly event for primary and high school young people at Broadford Village Hall
From: 2pm to 3:30pm – all welcome!