J12 currently employs 3 full-time and 1 part time members of project workers who are supported by a part time administrator and a group of committed volunteers. J12 offers a range of activities including drop-ins, lunch-time and after school groups, individual support, outings and residential events. Everything done in the name of J12 is underpinned by Christian values and standards.
The J12 Base is situated a few hundred yards from Smithycroft Secondary School. The Base is open for ‘drop-ins’ at lunchtime and after school throughout the week. This gives young people a place to relax with friends, develop relationships with staff and volunteers and also to make friends with other young people they wouldn't normally hang about with in school. There is table tennis, pool and board games available along with endless supplies of hot chocolate!
J12 works with the headteachers and pastoral care staff in the local schools to provide additional support for the young people who need it most. Working in partnership with SU Scotland, J12 also run Scripture Union groups in four local primary schools as well as Smithycroft Secondary. These groups typically include games, snacks and the chance to explore Bible stories together.
Every year J12 offers children and young people from P6-S6 the opportunity to have a holiday in partnership with Scripture Union Scotland with activities such as archery, high ropes courses, assault courses, bungee trampolines and team challenges. For many of the young people these holidays are the highlight of their year and the only holiday they’ll get.
Throughout the year, J12 runs outings and trips to encourage the young people to try new things, build relationships with other young people, staff & volunteers while having fun.
It is both an encouragement and challenge to have many young people who have grown up in the project move into adult life and begin volunteering with J12 and other organisations. Many continue to face difficult and/or uncertain circumstances and often seek advice and guidance from J12. As well as responding to individual situations, J12 staff meet these young adults on a regular basis and offer relevant training opportunities and mentoring.