Bettering the lives of youths and the community.
Graeme paid a visit to the C.A.F.E. (Community Alcohol Free Environment) Project to highlight the invaluable service that this charity provides for young people and other groups in the area.
The C.A.F.E. Project was established in 1996 when its founder, Sheriff Norrie Stein, realised the harmful effects that unemployment, deprivation, poor housing, crime, and alcohol and substance misuse could have on young people’s health and development.
I was very pleased to meet with Mark and some of the team at the C.A.F.E. Project.
It was inspiring to see their principles of equal opportunities and active citizenship in action during one of their elderly group sessions. It was especially encouraging to hear of the Project’s efforts to fill the current gap in day-care provision for the elderly in Arbroath.
I was particularly impressed to learn of the number of social groups which benefit from the Project’s incredible work. I appreciate entirely the commitment of the local volunteers who dedicate their time to ensure that the C.A.F.E. Project runs smoothly and successfully.
I hope this exciting and innovative community project continues its great success, especially during a time when such exemplary efforts are needed to tackle the omnipresent issue of social isolation.
The Project offers a safe community environment for young people to socialise and engage in a wide range of activities. It offers a one-stop shop for leisure, culture, health, education, and employment services, as well as outdoor activities.
The C.A.F.E. Project is built on inclusivity and provides numerous opportunities for young people and the wider community. Its teatime and summer clubs are especially popular, offering a positive afterschool space for both primary and secondary school ages.
The charity actively encourages its young people to participate in the management of the project, enabling them a greater degree of involvement and empowerment with their communities. By involving themselves in the Project’s decision-making and event organisation, young people gain an increased confidence in their abilities.
The C.A.F.E. Project has received national and international recognition and has served as a model for projects elsewhere in the country. The charity’s success is down to its ability to identify and respond to some of the needs of young people in the Arbroath and Angus area. It acts as a positive alternative for those who may be at risk to exclusion or delinquency.
– The C.A.F.E. Project
It was great that MSP Graeme Dey and his two colleagues popped in to the C. A. F. E Project during our pensioner group, we had a great chat about all that goes on in our Project and about the town of Arbroath in general.
It’s great to see local politicians taking time out of their busy schedule to visit local Projects.