Information for parents


Welcome. If you are a parent or guardian with a child who is, or would like to be, involved in Tullochan, you will probably want to know more about us.

If the information below does not provide the answers you need, or if you have a comment, question or concern, please get in touch with our Head of Operations and Development  Richie Gallacher on 01389 726962. Alternatively send an email to

You can find next week’s timetables for Future Choices, Heads Up and Inspiring Scotland here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Tullochan?

Tullochan is a youth development charity that has been active within West Dunbartonshire for 20 years. We work with young people aged 11 to 24 by engaging them through activities based on their interests. This helps them to broaden horizons; raise aspirations; improve health and wellbeing; develop resilience, confidence and self-esteem and improve employment skills.

We aim to have young people referred to us as early as possible, this gives us the best chance to help them by preventing problems escalating or even starting in the first place. Since we were founded, 10,000 young people have attended our projects and we support over 500 young people each year (many of them attending more than one project). Our courses take place in school hours, after school and during weekends and holidays.

Why has my child been referred to Tullochan?

Your child has been referred by his/her pastoral care teacher who sees potential in your son/daughter which, for whatever reason, is not being fully met. Perhaps they have few friends, have not yet adjusted to secondary education, are disruptive in class or merely need a little additional support to encourage them to try harder at school.

Will my child miss classes?

All of Tullochan’s group work sessions are planned in consultation with the school to ensure that any impact on school attendance is minimised. If anyone feels that your child is missing too much of a particular subject, changes to their Tullochan programme can be made to address this.

Occasionally trips take place during school time, however, your child’s attendance would be agreed by yourself and their school and this is at times when there is minimal impact on their studies.

What will by child gain from being involved in Tullochan?

At Tullochan the development, participation and opinion of your child is paramount and always at the forefront of our work; they will be consulted throughout our programmes to ensure we are meeting their needs and delivering the type of activities they enjoy. They will have the opportunity to form new friendships; they will have dedicated staff to encourage and advise them; they will benefit from our informal style of education where they will gain knowledge to
help them make informed choices in life. They will also experience activities which will test their nerve and leave them exhilarated and proud of themselves.

Who will be supervising my child?

Tullochan employs a dedicated, experienced and qualified team of youth workers on each of our projects. Every member of staff working with your child is checked through the Scottish Government’s Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme (formerly Disclosure Scotland) to ensure the safety of all the young people involved.

When choosing outdoor activity providers and venues for trips, we always ensure we obtain risk assessments and proof of public liability insurance beforehand. On outdoor trips we work only with qualified instructors with Tullochan staff members always present; out of doors our staff ratio is one member of staff to every six young people, indoors the ratio is one to eight; this ensures that we are taking the best possible steps to protect your child.

How much will the activities cost?

Trips, activities and residentials vary from as little as 50p to £2, this money will go towards transport or activity costs.

In very rare circumstances a charge of £20 is made for ‘big’ residential trips, eg a trip to London; this cost is advised well in advance giving plenty of time to pay and part payments can be made weekly if required. We have had to apply this charge to offset the rising cost of transport and also to stop the instances of young people merely not showing up and wasting a precious, costly place. However, if circumstances were such that a young person had earned a place, but had no way to pay, they would certainly not be excluded for this reason; if this applies to your child please speak with a member of staff.

How do I find out what my child will be doing with Tullochan?

Our Projects should give you a good understanding of the contents of our courses including the school sessions and outdoor activities.

We also have a weekly Timetable for each project which gives information on all activities for the following week. This is updated every Friday.

We are currently working with Heads of Year in each school to have a Tullochan ‘Report’ included with their school report (this has already begun in some schools); this will give you an insight into your son/daughters achievements and progress in Tullochan group work. Tullochan staff are also on hand at schools’ Parents’ Nights and will gladly answer any questions you may have.

Facebook – don’t forget to check out our page from time to time; we update the pictures and information almost every day.

I hear a lot about Curriculum for Excellence and More Choices More Chances – what is it exactly?

The Curriculum for Excellence is a Scottish Government education strategy that aims to help every child develop knowledge, skills and attributes for learning, life and work which are designed to ensure that our young people have the opportunity to become:

  • Successful Learners
  • Confident Individuals
  • Responsible Citizens
  • Effective Contributors

To read the full report log on to:

More Choices More Chances (MCMC) – Young people requiring more choices and more chances are identified early using a wide range of indicators. Supporting one to one relationships with a key worker are built up over time. This helps to spot specific difficulties or challenges for the child and allows appropriate help to be given.

For further details log on to:

I’d like to support Tullochan in some way – what can I do?

If you would like to support our work we’d like to hear from you. Tullochan relies on donations to run all our projects. If you have an idea and would like to fundraise for us, take part in one of our fundraising events or are able to volunteer at a fundraising event, please get in contact with

We enjoy hearing feedback from you and your child, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch and
let us share your stories. Call us 01389 726962 or send an email

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