About Us

The Machan Trust is a children and young persons charity operating in and around the Larkhall area in South Lanarkshire, Scotland.


The Trust was established in 1998 as a joint churches initiative with a part time member of staff and a part time student on placement. The good work was quickly realised and the trust grew quickly with funding applications being accepted for full time and part time youth workers as well as office staff including a volunteer coordinator. The volunteer coordinator post allowed us to extend the amount of groups held throughout the week, reaching more children.



The Trust is now operating over 40 groups a week in Larkhall, Netherburn, Stonehouse and Ashgill. We reach over 500 children aged 4-18 engaging them as participants and volunteers. Our constant vision is to make a positive difference to the life chances of young people in the Larkhall area by providing activities, experiences and opportunities, and by doing so building a stronger community.

  • To encourage, enable and empower young people

  • To engage with children and young people where they are; in their communities, at school or elsewhere

  • To build trusting relationships with children and young people so they are enabled to make positive choices

  • To provide a range of opportunities that expose them to the range of activities available to them

  • To give priority to areas of greatest need

  • To actively develop the skills and leadership capability of volunteers and staff

Strategic Themes

  • We will focus our efforts on the key issues in the local area

  • We will use our activities to address these key issues

  • We will deliver our activities in the local area, rather than one central location

  • We will enhance support for our volunteers

  • We will seek further funding to deliver more of our activities in areas where we do not currently work

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