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Current Sessions

Play Alloa currently runs 11 sessions from our base in Alloa, and from the Ben Cleuch centre in Tillicoultry.
Information on each of these sessions is available below.



Adult Social Group
Mondays, 7pm - 9pm

Our adult social group is catered to our service users aged 18+. This group meets on Monday nights between 7pm and 9pm, during school term-time.

This group is a social group with weekly structured activities, such as Ready Steady Cook evenings, theme nights, barbeques, film nights and party nights.

The group attracts around 20-24 adults each week, and is supported by around 7 members of staff, alongside a number of volunteers.
The main focus of this group is on developing friendships and having an enjoyable evening.

Day: Monday
Time: 7pm - 9pm
Venue: Play Alloa Base, 19 Broad Street, Alloa
Cost: We ask for a £5 donation per session
Funded by: Play Alloa



Women's Active Lifeskills Group
Tuesdays, 10am - 2pm

We currently run three active life skills groups, targeted towards young people aged 16-24. Our women's group meets on a Tuesday; our men's group meets on a Thursday; and a mixed group runs on a Wednesday.

Whilst these groups meet at our Base on Broad Street in Alloa, much of our time is spent out and about in the local community.
These groups aim to develop individual life skills, confidence and participation in mainstream leisure centres, primarily using public transport, and local facilities (e.g. banks, post offices, libraries etc).

During the past year, 15 young people have also completed their Bronze Level Youth Achievement Award. We are also currently looking at other possible ASDAN-accredited awards.
There are currently 12 young people within each group.

Day: Tuesday
Time: 10am - 2pm
Venue: Play Alloa Base, 19 Broad Street, Alloa
Cost: We ask for a £5 donation per session
Funded by: Clackmannanshire Council Youth Services



Hillfoots Youth Club
Tuesdays, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Our youth club groups are aimed at teenagers aged 12-18.
We currently run two youth clubs during school term-time: one in Tillicoultry (on a Tuesday night), and one in Alloa (on a Thursday night).

These groups are based on providing an age-appropriate social experience, building friendships and developing confidence and self-esteem.

This group is limited to 12 teens each week, supported by 3 members of staff, and a number of volunteers.

Day: Tuesday
Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Venue: Ben Cleuch Centre, Tillicoultry
Cost: We ask for a £5 donation per session
Funded by: Currently unfunded.



Mixed Active Lifeskills Group
Wednesdays, 10am - 2pm

We currently run three active life skills groups, targeted towards young people aged 16-24. Our women's group meets on a Tuesday; our men's group meets on a Thursday; and a mixed group runs on a Wednesday.

Whilst these groups meet at our Base on Broad Street in Alloa, much of our time is spent out and about in the local community.
These groups aim to develop individual life skills, confidence and participation in mainstream leisure centres, primarily using public transport, and local facilities (e.g. banks, post offices, libraries etc).

During the past year, 15 young people have also completed their Bronze Level Youth Achievement Award. We are also currently looking at other possible ASDAN-accredited awards.
There are currently 12 young people within each group.

Day: Wednesday
Time: 10am - 2pm
Venue: Play Alloa Base, 19 Broad Street, Alloa
Cost: We ask for a £5 donation per session
Funded by: Clackmannanshire Council Youth Services



Buddies Group
Wednesdays, Time Varies

Children with Additional Support Needs (ASN) often find themselves isolated from mainstream youth activities.

Our Buddies Group aims to tackle this by providing a range of activities for 4-6 young people, matched with equal numbers of volunteers. This helps foster a feeling of inclusion with both their peers and within the local community

We organise weekly sessions including activities such as bowling, golfing, movie nights, restaurant visits, shopping, recording studio visits, geocaching, photography, pamper nights and games nights.

These groups are also supported by a member of staff.

Day: Wednesday
Time: Time Varies
Meeting Point: Play Alloa Base, 19 Broad Street, Alloa
Cost: £5 per session
Funded by: Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) Scotland, the Wood Foundation



Men's Active Lifeskills Group
Thursdays, 10am - 2pm

We currently run three active life skills groups, targeted towards young people aged 16-24. Our women's group meets on a Tuesday; our men's group meets on a Thursday; and a mixed group runs on a Wednesday.

Whilst these groups meet at our Base on Broad Street in Alloa, much of our time is spent out and about in the local community.
These groups aim to develop individual life skills, confidence and participation in mainstream leisure centres, primarily using public transport, and local facilities (e.g. banks, post offices, libraries etc).

During the past year, 15 young people have also completed their Bronze Level Youth Achievement Award. We are also currently looking at other possible ASDAN-accredited awards.
There are currently 12 young people within each group.

Day: Thursday
Time: 10am - 2pm
Venue: Play Alloa Base, 19 Broad Street, Alloa
Cost: We ask for a £5 donation per session
Funded by: Clackmannanshire Council Youth Services



Alloa Youth Club
Thursdays, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Our youth club groups are aimed at teenagers aged 12-18.
We currently run two youth clubs during school term-time: one in Tillicoultry (on a Tuesday night), and one in Alloa (on a Thursday night).

These groups are based on providing an age-appropriate social experience, building friendships and developing confidence and self-esteem.

This group is limited to 12 teens each week, supported by 3 members of staff, and a number of volunteers.

Day: Thursday
Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Venue: Play Alloa Base, 19 Broad Street, Alloa
Cost: We ask for a £5 donation per session
Funded by: Currently unfunded.



Clacks Families
Fridays, 10am - 12pm

Play Alloa: Clacks Families is our monthly parent/carer support group.

This is an opportunity for parents and carers to meet and discuss different issues, and support each other within a friendly and comfortable environment.

We often host a guest speaker, from organisations such as Enable, People First Advocacy or Caratis Legal, who can offer advice about issues such as guardianship, power of attorney and self-directed support.

All are welcome, and you don't have to be the parent/carer of a Play Alloa service user to attend. A creche can also be provided if booked in advance.

Day: Last Friday of every month (except December)
Time: 10am - 12pm
Venue: Play Alloa Base, 19 Broad Street, Alloa
Cost: No charge, but donations are welcome
Funded by: Communities and Families Grant (Big Lottery)



Hillfoots Play Session
Saturdays, 10am - 12:30pm

Our children's play session is run in the Hillfoots for children aged 5-16 years. This group meets at the Ben Cleuch Community Centre in Tillicoultry, on Saturday mornings during school term-time.

This group provides opportunities for free play, including outdoor play, and the chance for fun activties such as arts and crafts, and music, dependent upon the interests of the child. We also provide a mid-morning healthy snack.

This group is restricted to around 12 children, depending on abilities. The group is supported by four members of staff, and a number of volunteers. The main focus of this group is on developing social skills, specific interests, friendships and having an enjoyable time.

Day: Saturday
Time: 10am - 12:30pm
Venue: Ben Cleuch Centre, Tillicoultry
Cost: We ask for a £5 donation per session
Funded by: Children In Need



Alloa Play Session
Saturdays, 10:30am - 1:30pm

This group is for our service users aged 5+, and meets at the Play Alloa Base on Saturday mornings during term-time.

This is a free play session, where children can move freely from one play activity to another at their leisure. However, there are always structured activities available - for example, this may include arts and crafts, parachute games, sports etc.

The group attracts around 24 children each week, and is supported by around 9 members of staff and a number of volunteers. The main focus of this group is on developing social skills, friendships and having an enjoyable time.

Day: Saturday
Time: 10:30am - 1:30pm
Venue: Play Alloa Base, 19 Broad Street, Alloa
Cost: We ask for a £5 donation per session
Funded by: Children In Need

Other Activities

In addition to our group sessions, Play Alloa also offers one-to-one individual support packages and summer playschemes. Information on both of these services is available below.



School Holiday Playschemes and Activities

Play Alloa also provides a number of playschemes and activities during school holiday times.

During summer 2016, we ran a 6-week programme of activities incorporating three weeks of sessions targeted at primary school-aged service users in the morning, and secondary school-aged service users in the afternoon; and an additional three weeks of Play and Stay sessions for younger service users and their friends and siblings.

These sessions run in a very similar way to our Saturday play sessions, and offer a variety of free play activities including: arts and crafts, floor toys, sensory activities, outdoor play, Wii/XBox/Playstation gaming, music, books, gardening, parachute games, sports, bouncy castles and cooking/baking etc.

The group sometimes ventures out on trips to local parks, play centres and places of interest. Additionally, some sessions may be geared towards a specific activity - e.g. ZooLab visits, bouncy castle, music therapy etc.

Sessions are restricted to approximately 16 children per session, and must be booked in advance. Information is posted on our social media pages prior to our summer programmes commencing.


Day: Various
Time: Various
Venue/Meeting Point: Play Alloa Base, 19 Broad Street, Alloa
Cost: We ask for a £5 donation per session (except day trips)
Funded by: Cash for Communities



Individual Support Packages

Play Alloa also provides a number of individual support packages, funded by SWD, or privately funded through Direct Care Payments/Self-Directed Support.

These packages are available for both children and adults with a range of disabilities and additional support needs. Each support package is carefully planned to ensure the maximum benefit to the service user, led by their interests, wants and needs.

A range of flexible packages are available from occasional support to regular hours or even holidays. Packages are led by one individual experienced support giver (with back-up support available, if required) to ensure continuity of support.

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