Junction 12 (J12) has its roots in work that Libby Lobban (current Project Leader) began in this part of the east end of Glasgow in 1999 while she was employed by Scripture Union Scotland. That job gave her part-time involvement in the area and over time, Libby became increasingly conscious of the complex mix of social, emotional and spiritual needs of young people growing up in this part of Glasgow. She realised that young people's lives could only change if long term, trusting relationships could be developed and this would require much more time than she could give from her SU post. Thus the concept of 'Junction 12' was born. Young people from the area were involved in the project from the very beginning, even the name 'Junction 12' was chosen in August 2004 by pupils at Smithycroft Secondary School. The name reflects the main access point into the area from the M8 motorway that runs along the northern perimeter, as J12 initially worked with young people from the areas of Cranhill, Carntyne and Riddrie in the east end of Glasgow.
J12 was set up as a charitable organisation at the beginning of 2007 and employed the Project Leader in July 2007. A Project Worker was recruited in January 2008 and a part-time administrator in April 2009. We have been able to maintain this staffing level. The staff are supported by a group of committed volunteers without whom much of the current work would not be possible. In 2014 J12 were able to begin some work in Avenue End and Sunnyside Primary Schools thus engaging with children from the Ruchazie, Craigend and Garthamlock areas.