STEP Youth

In Autumn 2022, we launched our new project: STEP Youth. STEP Youth aims to give young people aged 8-12 a platform where they can have fun and learn valuable skills outside of the school environment. This includes creative workshops, education on social issues, connecting with the outdoors and wellbeing activities. We developed this to combat a specific gap in the community as identified in our Community Action Plan – our young people had nothing to do!

Our youth clubs for P4-7s are now at capacity. Stay tuned for our post-Easter schedule.

Our Themes

🎨 Creative Club - Get arty with some crafts or chill out and play with our Wii or an iPad

🏰 Bouncy Castle session - Let off some steam!

🧪 STEM/Cooking Club - An exciting opportunity for curious minds! Auchinleck is one of 5 youth clubs in Scotland to be paired with scientists-in-residence as part of the Curiosity in Action project. Juliano and Sophie enjoyed meeting everyone at their initial visit in December and their colleague Charles recently visitied to demonsatrate his telescope system. When we're not learning about science, we're creating tasty treats! 

We're finishing off the Easter Holidays with a screening of Wonka on Friday 12/4/24.

Tiny Tots

A group for parents and their babies, toddlers and pre-school children to enjoy playing with a range of toys - join us in the Main Hall of The Boswell Centre every Monday and Wednesday 10am - 12 noon. Entry is £1 per person.

A snack is provided, including fruit, biscuits and crisps for children as well  as tea and coffee for the adults.

Kids need to be around other kids their own age to grow and get used to mixing

I didn't know anyone in the village, now I've met loads of friends

I am loving adult conversation again


Making friends and finding new interests can sometimes seem a little daunting as you get older, especially if you live alone. However, there is no reason why this time of your life should be one of slowing down or hiding away. There are many opportunities available these days to widen your social network and discover new interests post coronavirus! Auchinleck’s very own beloved Jaqueline has created a group to combat loneliness and the cost-of-living within The Boswell Centre. 

Here our ladies can chat and reminisce about the good old days over a nice hot cup of tea and some delicious cakes.

Jaqueline has organised outings for the Chat Tea group such as a visit up to Dobbies and a browse around the Cumnock Factory Outlet – with more fun outings planned for the future. Our ladies who attend have said the group is very welcoming and provides an opportunity meet new friends. 

ChaTea takens place in Auchinleck Library on Tuesdays, 11am-12 noon. It is free to join and there's no need to book, just turn up at the library on the day.


Stuart Mitchell

Senior Youth Co-ordinator

Rachael Alexander

Senior Youth Worker

Jacqueline McWilliam

Tiny Tots & ChaTea Co-ordinator

Charlotte Heather

Youth Work Apprentice

Charlotte is helping with the delivery of the youth club as she works towards her Apprenticeship in Youth Work.