In 2004 a group of young people and volunteers from the community, the church, Community Learning and Development and the Community Police formed a development team. As funding had already been secured from Leader Plus, The Church of Scotland Development Fund and Cranstoun Church the team were able to plan and take forward the young peoples' needs and ideas very quickly.
The day room at the front of Pathhead Community Hall was cleared and an appeal went out to the community for donations of furniture, computers, games and sports equipment.The response was amazing from the community and the youth project soon became a reality. At first the youth project was run with a group of committed volunteers but funding had been secured for a youth worker so an advert was placed in the local paper without success.
Then Peter Adebayo arrived from Nigeria in August 2005 to be the youth worker. Peter was a Care Force worker who came to Pathhead to gain lots of experience and knowledge in working with young people. He became a familiar face around the community and quickly built strong working relationships with the young people and volunteers involved in the project.
Paul Thewlis from Community Learning and Development and Susan Pearson from the Community Police, who were a vital support to the development team, were given the honour of officially opening Pathhead Youth Project in January 2006.
Peter Adebayo returned to Nigeria in August 2006 and Jackie McNairn was employed as the youth worker. Since then with continuous support from the management committee and her group of volunteers Jackie has created a safe, secure and welcoming place for the Pathhead Youth Project.
In August 2007 the National Lottery awarded Pathhead Youth Project £66,000 which secures it’s future until 2011. Pathhead Youth Project reputation continues to grow in the community with the young people organising and running community events for all living in and around Pathhead. We continue to actively look for aditional funding to secure the PYP future for the next few years.