North East MSP Alex Johnstone visited Arbroath’s CAFE Project last week and praised its contribution to the local community.
The MSP was joined by Arbroath councillors David Fairweather and Martyn Geddes during a tour of the building on Brothock Bridge.
They were shown what the project offers young people and families by former Arbroath Sheriff Norrie Stein, board member Derek Wann and support workers Mark McWalter and Angela Spink.
And Mr Johnstone said: “I have visited the CAFE Project and some of its outreach work several times and I never fail to be impressed by the dedication of the staff and the high quality of the activities that are on offer.
“This is an award winning facility and I think the fact that the Café Project format is being replicated across the UK speaks volumes about the excellent work that is being done here.”
While Councillor Fairweather said: “I have little doubt that the CAFE Project’s contribution to helping young people make positive life choices, has had a significant impact on the local community.
“I know of several people who have found the safe environment of the CAFE Project to be a turning point in their lives and I feel we are hugely fortunate to have it here in the town. I would like to commend the staff for the important work they do.”
The project offers a safe place for children and young people to socialise and run many drop-in sessions and a wide range of activities.
Sheriff Stein explained: “As well as leisure activities in a safe and welcoming environment, open to all young people, we provide a wide range of services to those having difficulties at school and the more vulnerable members of the community including those with disability, all designed to help people cope with the challenges of life.”