Youth Charity – Our Story

day1_logoDAY1 has been up and running now for ten years. We are a Scottish Highland based charity providing disadvantaged young people between the ages of 14 to 17 with a year long one-to-one mentoring service, the aim of which is not only to help them discover a positive direction in their lives but also to move into sustainable and long term work.

We work closely with local businesses, schools and recreational clubs and we organise a wide range of new experiences and opportunities for young people to build their confidence, independence and self worth. Each young person, all of whom will be experiencing tougher times than most, is mentored in such a way as to encourage them both to discover what they want to do in life and work towards fulfilling their true potential.

DAY1 Mentors are ordinary people (actually quite extraordinary people) in the community who come from all types of work and social backgrounds. DAY1 provides all the training and support they need to act as highly effective Mentors to their young people.

QAVS_logo2DAY1 is a long term member and advisor to the Scottish Mentoring Network and they have recently been awarded the highest national honour which can be bestowed upon volunteering groups, the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. Termed the MBE for volunteering groups, it recognises the outstanding contribution made to local communities by groups in the UK who volunteer their time for the benefit of others.

Inverness Kart Raceway exists to ensure that DAY1 can continue to finance its service and support those young people in need for years to come.

For full information on DAY1, please visit