About Project 81
Project 81 grew out of a youth project which was part of Garelochhead and Portincaple Community Trust funded by a Millennium Grant.
The need for provision of youth services was highlighted by the Trust and a Youth group formed which initially was run out of the Sunday School Toy Cupboard (another home having been found for the toys.) The youth grew from strength to strength and eventually was incorporate as a separate charity in 2003 and name The Route 81 Youth Project. Youth workers were engaged and a home sought.
In 2009 the group were able to buy and refurbish , with over a million pounds from the National lottery and Scottish Rural Development Fund, the abondoned outdoor Centre situated just a few hundred yards from the cupboard.
In 2011 the new Centre was opened compromising the sports hall, seminar rooms, commercial kitchen, community gym, dedicated youth hub and a hostel.
With an increasing community remit and the development of the dormitories in to a hostel the Charity was renamed Project 81 Youth and Community Enterprise Ltd to reflect it's new wider community roll..