COMMUNITY organisations in the Cumnock area have been praised for helping to reduce “youth related crime and disorder” following an inspection.

A review into the Community Learning and Development services by Education Scotland revealed how local partners make effective use of data and local knowledge helps meet the needs of residents.

Inspectors visited the Cumnock and Doon Valley area in May and June speaking with young people, adults and community organisations, as well as CLD providers, partners and volunteers.

The report highlighted the work of youth provider Yipworld after they have more than doubled participation at its junior transition and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) provision.

Community Action Plans which consulted the views of 40 per cent of households in the area were also praised, with an impressive 60 per cent of residents in Cumnock getting to have their say.

Projects and partners within New Cumnock were also acknowledged for “delivering substantial infrastructure improvements and building a more sustainable economic future for the village.”

The report also commended “confident, skilled and empowered volunteers” in Netherthird after the creation of an attractive community garden which is used as both a space to be enjoyed by residents and a learning resource for schools.

CLD activities for children, young people and adults including the popular Cumnock Juniors Community Enterprise were also reviewed by inspectors which noted their “pro-active” approach to inclusion.

It recommended that more youths in the area could have access to and awareness of volunteer opportunities, with secondary schools encouraged to get more involved in developing opportunities with local partners.

It also highlighted how a range of well-run initiatives such as lunch clubs and tea dances have helped to reduce social isolation within the area.

Overall inspectors say they were “satisfied” with provisions in the area.