The organisation is recognised as an innovative and creative model of youth provision providing a wide range of formal and informal activities that promote the social, emotional, personal and educational development of children and young people. yipworld is a company limited by guarantee with charitable status with Memorandum and Articles of Association governed by a voluntary Board of Directors.

Directors Are...

Christopher Ross Chairperson | William Cuthbert Vice Chairperson | Kathleen Aitken Secretary | Stewart Birrell Treasurer | Colin Smith Director | Evelyn McBride Director | William Crawford Elected Member/Director | Walter Young Elected Member/Director | Claire Leitch  Elected Member/Director | James McMahon Elected Member/Director

Christopher Ross ChairpersonWilliam Cuthbert Vice ChairpersonKathleen Aitken SecretaryStewart Birrell TreasurerColin Smith DirectorEvelyn McBride DirectorWilliam Crawford Elected Member/DirectorWalter Young Elected Member/DirectorClaire Leitch  Elected Member/DirectorJames McMahon Elected Member/Director

yipworld Timeline

19.04.2000

Opened the doors to re-furbished venue in Cumnock serving the town and surrounding communities. Funded by East Ayrshire council Social Inclusion Partnership.

2002

New Opportunities Fund successful bid for Before and After School Care Project

2001-2003

Tackling Drug Misuse fund – provision of outreach youth work to rurally deprived communities with a focus on early intervention to tackle drug and alcohol misuse

2003

Cookies Creche – pre-five model complemented by the need for support for young parents on the verge of post-natal depression.  NHS Ayrshire & Arran Health Visitor and Midwifery team worked with young Mums and babies cared for by staff in yipworld. Funded by BBC Children in Need

2004

Scottish Government Rural Challenge Fund – Training the Towns Initiative – yipworld became an S.Q.A. Accredited Centre with Learn Direct Branding for I.T. training and employability support Ayrshire Leader – Pathways to Progress Initiative – ten young people engaged in one year employment and training for the world of work – 100% successful outcomes

2004

Ayrshire and Arran Tobacco Tax Fund – complete installation of industrial kitchen and launch of McCrae’s Café in honour of the late Councillor McCrae – a proud supporter of yipworld

2005

Five year feasibility study and Sustainability Plan commissioned by Social Inclusion Partnership

2006

The introduction of the T.A.R.D.I.S. – Training and Recreation Delivered in Situ – fabulous mobile internet Iveco Daily Van with satellite 24/7 internet access for rural communities – cocktail of funding The Tudor Trust; Ayrshire Leader; Scottish Government; NHS Ayrshire and Arran; East Ayrshire Council

2008

Introduction of Stage One Inspiring Scotland 14:19 Fund for ten years investment to work with children and young people to contribute to raised attainment and positive destinations in mainstream education; further education; training and ultimately employment Launch of PULSE Recording Studio – Adam Ingram MSP funded by The Minerals Trust and BIG Lottery Young Start Fund

2010-2011

Men into Childcare Initiative – 11 young men trained and engaged in learning and achieving qualifications in childcare – this contributed to the gender imbalance in childcare; nursing and teaching

2014

Plus One Franchise successful partner funded by BIG Lottery in partnership with YMCA Scotland – provision of quality mentoring support for children and young people aged 8 to 14 years

2015

The Out and About Consortia Bid – provision of support to lonely and isolated people living in rural communities

2016-2019

Scottish Government People and Communities Fund – provision of The Training Terminal – originally shop based drop-in training and employability support ‘shop’ in Glaisnock Shopping Centre – continues in yipworld venue