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With work rooms situated in Castle Douglas, Stranraer, and Dumfries, Better Lives Partnership (BLP) and its programmes are available to young people across the Stewartry, Wigtownshire, Nithsdale and Annandale areas. While all 3 locations vary slightly in the specific qualifications on offer, they all follow the same basic principles of BLP.

All our programmes are aimed at young people aged 16 to 25 who are autistic or have related disabilities and have a variety of barriers that prevent them from accessing post-school options. The aim of BLP is always to use a person-centered approach to develop unique opportunities for each young person that allows them to develop personal positive outcomes and achieve them! For young people on our Bridge 2 Employment programme these positive outcomes incorporate one or all of the following: employability skills, work experience, and social enterprise.

Additionally, with the introduction of Bridge 2 Creative across all locations, BLP is working hard to provide creative activities and opportunities for development for our young people, led by professional artists.

Castle Douglas

Located in the heart of the Stewartry, our first site has been open since 2017! Our workroom is in Castle Douglas Community Centre and have great working relationships with local groups to create opportunities for young people across the Stewartry.


#TeamStranraer is located in the Stranraer Campus of Dumfries and Galloway College and is heavily involved in their local community. They offer a wide range of opportunities to young people in Wigtownshire and are a warm and welcoming team!


Our third location opened in September 2021 and is located on the grounds of The Crichton. With great links with the college, our workroom is in the perfect spot to support young people from all around the Nithsdale and Annandale area!

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