Campbeltown impresses and inspires cabinet minister

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‘My Campbeltown visit showed our rural communities at their best – resilient, imaginative, innovative, talented and caring.’ Aileen Campbell MSP

Aileen Campbell MSP, the Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government Communities, visited Campbeltown to meet community representatives and those involved in social enterprises.

‘My Campbeltown visit showed our rural communities at their best – resilient, imaginative, innovative, talented and caring,’ she said last week.

Aileen Campbell met groups from across all aspects of life in Kintyre, including Meadows Under Fives Nursery, a charity-based nursery which has been running for 27 years, providing early years childcare to 18 months to five-year-old children and the only provider of this kind in the South Kintyre area.

Here she met Caroline Deans and the team at the nursery and discussed the current shake-up in pre-schooling and the new 1,140 hours provision and the implications this will have locally and the support provided by Just Enterprise to review and update their business plan to prepare for change.

The minister also visited three other local social enterprises delivering a range of community benefits through their trading activity: Machrihanish Airbase Community Company, Wee Toon Environmental Solutions and Kintyre Recycling.

She said that what she saw in Campbeltown was impressive and inspiring: ‘I had an incredible time in Campbeltown, meeting inspiring enterprises, active communities and just generally a lot of wonderful caring for one another.’