Action Kintore SCIO is a registered charity with a board of local volunteers. It was set up in 2009 to provide facilities for the young people of and around Kintore. This project is known as the Bothie.
More recently Action Kintore has added the Town House project to its remit. Action Kintore is examining the options to bring our magnificent 18th century Town House back into use for the community. This is clearly a long-term project.
Action Kintore became a SCIO in February 2020. SCIO stands for "Scottish Charity Incorporated Organisation" and is a legal status that has been specifically established to suit the Scottish voluntary sector.
The Bothie is the youth initiative of Action Kintore.
It started out holding meetings in the Town House, but found the location limiting in the scope it could offer for young people in our community. It was decided to raise funds for a purpose built building
Opened in December 2013, The Bothie is right in the heart of Kintore – just 200 yards from The Square and the Town House – in Allandale Gardens (immediately behind Moar’s Furniture Store). It is constructed from environmentally-friendly straw bales covered with a lime mortar, giving an excellent energy efficiency, good soundproofing and a very low carbon footprint.
The Bothie is home to a range of youth and community groups and with the help of volunteers and youth workers, we are able to set up and provide a safe, fun environment for the young people of Kintore and district. Workers do sessions and provide advice and support on specific topics and issues that are established through needs assessments and informal chats with young people, thus enabling them to deal with certain situations more effectively.
The Bothie youth evenings and events are all free-of-charge, and the building and support staff are funded entirely from grants and fundraising, so it needs all the help it can get to support and maintain the services provided for these young people.