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Glasgow Community and Safety Services – News

Music festival launches state-of-the-art mobile drop-in centre for Glasgow’s young people

Hundreds turned out on Friday 17 April for a new south side music festival which saw the launch of a state-of-the-art mobile drop-in centre for young people.

Musicstuff2009 saw a range of top Glasgow bands – including The LaFontaines and The Fortunate Sons – perform alongside local talent at the unveiling of the STUFF Trailer. Local secondary schools also got in on the act with bands from Holyrood Secondary and Cathkin High taking centre stage to showcase their talents.

Kicking off at midday in ASDA car park, Toryglen, Musicstuff2009 offered plenty to do for the whole family with entertainment including DJs, freestyle footballers, face painting, children’s rides, flower arranging, freestyle footballers, Footie STUFF mobile street football, the multi-media STUFF bus and a range of community-based information stalls. Free goodie bags were also given out to the first 500 people.

Entry to the event was free and everyone got the chance to take a look at the new STUFF Trailer, a mobile drop-in centre for 12 to 18-year-olds which provides access to a range of multi-media resources. The STUFF Trailer will be used throughout the South East of the city with the aim of tackling youth disorder and antisocial behaviour in the community. It will be deployed to areas of concern at peak times for offending, such as evenings and weekends, providing a safe place for young people to go for help, advice, fun, or just to meet up with friends.

The trailer has been built, kitted out and decorated in close consultation with local young people, and activities available on board include computer gaming, PCs with internet access, a plasma television screen and DVDs.

This initiative is the result of a multi-agency approach to tackling youth disorder in the South East. It has been funded through the Fairer Scotland Fund, Glasgow Housing Association and the Scottish Government, alongside contributions from Glasgow Community and Safety Services, Glasgow Community Planning Partnership, Culture and Sport Glasgow, Strathclyde Police, Land and Environmental Services, ASDA and Glasgow South East Community Health and Care Partnership.

Phil Walker, managing director of Glasgow Community and Safety Services, said:

“This is a true example of partnership working and we are delighted to see the launch of the new STUFF Trailer.

“Glasgow Community and Safety Services currently provides a range of mobile youth activities throughout the city and these have proven to be an effective tool in engaging with children and young adults as we work towards tackling antisocial behaviour in Glasgow.

“I’m sure the new STUFF Trailer will be a valuable addition to this and we will continue to work closely with our partners in our bid to create a safer, cleaner and better Glasgow for everyone.”