Youth Services


OPEN- The OPEN Peer Education Project is a part of Voluntary Action Shetland’s services. The Project provides training and support to young people (aged 16 to 25) to enable them to design, develop and deliver workshops to other young people on issues that they have identified as being important to themselves and their peers. OPEN workshops available are; OPEN about Sexual Health and Relationships; OPEN about Drugs; OPEN about Sexual Health Clinic; Mentally OPEN.

Contact: Una Murray 01595 745074


Contact: Saul Day 01595 743950

Young Carers Project

A carer is someone of any age who provides unpaid support to family or friends who could not manage without this help due to illness, disability, mental ill-health or a substance misuse problem.

Sibling Group

We run a monthly group on a Saturday morning from 10.45 - 12.45 for young people who have a sibling with Additional Support Needs or possibly carrying out a small caring role for a parent.

This group is to specifically designed so that children can have time out from their sibling. It is timed so that it fits with the drop off and pick ups for the Disability Shetland Saturday club, so that once a month parents can also have some respite time!

Family Days

Are sessions where the whole family can come along! These usually happen in school holidays. These Family Days are sessions where families can come along with their children, including those with additional support needs, to meet other families in a non-judgmental environment. This gives a chance for the children to all play together, and for families to speak to other families who are in similar circumstances! There is no pressure to stay for the full time.

The "families affected by" Group

Is a peer support group for families that have been affected by drugs and alcohol. The group say....Are you affected by someone's misuse of alcohol, drugs or prescription drugs? Are you feeling stressed, exhausted, helpless, isolated, under pressure, at the end of your tether? Are you looking for someone to talk to, and someone to listen? If so why not come along to the FAB group, they meet every second Tuesday from 5.30-7.00 at Market House.

Young Carers Group

We offer an opportunity for young carers to meet every 2 weeks. At the moment they meet in Lerwick but if a young carer from out of Lerwick wishes to be involved they can get in touch with us.

We also offer Respitality (respite+hospitality) this allows Shetland's hospitality and leisure sector to gift a short break which is passed onto unpaid carers in Shetland to have an opportunity to recharge their batteries and take time for themselves

Contact details

Tel 01595 743923

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