Tullochan was founded in 1996 by Fiona Stuart MBE DL in memory of her father Brigadier Alastair Pearson DSO***, OBE, MC, KStJ, TD. This was made possible by a donation from a mourner at his funeral.

The Colonel, as he was always known, was much-loved and respected. He was one of the most decorated men in World War II and he exemplified and realised the value of courage and leadership; he also had total faith in, and commitment to, young people.

Fiona continued this dedication to young people through her leadership of Tullochan until 2011. We were delighted when she was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours 2013 for her work, through Tullochan, with young people in Dunbartonshire.

Since its formation Tullochan has gone from strength to strength, responding innovatively to social need among West Dunbartonshire’s young people. In 19 years we have supported over 10,000 young people “changing attitudes and changing lives” and have become the largest youth development charity in the Region working with 500 young people every year.

The following gives an understanding of how we have developed over the years:


Tullochan founded by Fiona Stuart


First ‘Leader of the Year’ Awards


 ‘Way Through The Theatre’ is launched


‘Way Through The Wilderness’ is launched
‘Hop, Skip and Jump’ primary project is launched in Haldane


Tullochan Trust Club is formed; Tullochan’s first youth group

Haldane Youth Project is launched

Head Office opens in Gartocharn and a second office opens in Haldane


Funding is secured to upscale ‘Hop, Skip and Jump’ and ‘Haldane Youth projects


Tullochan purchases its first minibus

Tullochan takes over the running of The Network providing a range of youth services for young people in Haldane and surrounding areas


First employability project is launched and Duke of Edinburgh Awards are started


Music Makers’  is added to Haldane Youth Project


‘Heads Up’ is launched; Tullochan’s first project to work in school with referred S2 pupils

Services expanded into Clydebank, running 2 youth projects: XActive and Urban Sense


Move to new offices in Dumbarton to accommodate growing number of staff

Launch of new primary school project, ‘Go4ward’, in Clydebank


‘Inspiring Scotland’ project is launched in every high school in West Dunbartonshire to accommodate S3 and S4 pupils. The project starts with 80 referred young people

‘Heads Up’ is expanded from 3 high schools to every high school in West Dunbartonshire with 80 young people attending each week

‘Hop, Skip and Jump’ is successfully handed over to Haldane Youth Services


Tullochan selected as the nominated charity by Barclays Scottish Open.

‘Future Choices’ is launched in schools to accommodate S1 pupils


Staff are centralised and move to new offices in the Polaroid Building, Vale of Leven Industrial Estate

Tullochan working with 280 referred young people during school time every week


As the need in West Dunbartonshire grows so do the number of young people using Tullochan’s services.  Tullochan is working with 350 referred young people every week in school and a further 150 young people in after school groups


The projects go from strength to strength as the need increases; now working with over 500 young people every week


We introduced our first S5 Pilot Employability Programme.  The programme included delivery of the SQA Employability Award at Level 3  delivered under the school’s SQA Accreditation.  The S5 pilot ran in two secondary schools and supported 19 young people.


In June we launched Tullochan Futures our new Employability project which aims to support 16 – 24 year olds into positive destinations.

From August we are delivering SVQ from S2 through to S5 in our Heads Up and Inspring Scotland projects.

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