District News, October 22 2021

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Blethers and laughs as Rural gets together again

Clachan Rural met for the first time since the start of the pandemic in Whitehouse Hall as the new hall is still to be renovated.

It was lovely to be together again and enjoy a blether and a laugh. Some members had brought items they had made during the lockdowns. These included an evening dress and jacket, a crocheted blanket made from spun dog hair, a set of three heads made from papier mache and other fine crochet and knitted items. Members described how and why they had made these particular creations which led to more interesting stories being shared.

As usual, an abundance of delicious baking was provided for the tea during which the group planned out an entertaining programme for the rest of the session.


Funding boost for Tarbert youth project

Tarbert Youth Group is one of three projects working with disadvantaged children and young people in Argyll and Bute to receive one of the new grants totalling £126,055 from BBC Children in Need.

The group will use a three-year grant of £75,600 to support rurally isolated children and young people through mental health and wellbeing focused youth work in the community.

By providing activities including swimming, art therapy, gardening and peer mentoring, children and young people will feel less isolated, have increased positive mental health and wellbeing and will ultimately encourage them to lead a more active lifestyle.

Heather Bellshaw, Tarbert Youth Group project co-ordinator, said: ‘We run a variety of mental health and wellbeing sessions to ensure young people in the community have the best possible opportunities to thrive in life.

‘This funding will help us run sessions focusing on what young people want to learn, take part in or talk about. By offering a variety of life skills based activities, we are continuing to help rebuild young people’s lives.

‘We are so grateful for this funding which will enable us to continue our work.’

The new funding awards, made possible following BBC Children in Need’s 2020 Appeal, will support the delivery of vital services to young people in the area and means the charity now has more than £395,000 invested locally.

The newly-awarded grants follow BBC Children in Need’s recent announcement that the charity’s fundraising total for the 2020 appeal was £57 million. In a year that has left lasting effects on the lives of children and young people facing disadvantage across the UK, the charity said the incredible total would not have been possible without the public once again coming together to help raise money at a time when it was needed most.

Mid Argyll Youth Development Services (MAYDS) has also benefited in this latest round, receiving a three-year grant of £27,195 to provide therapeutic services for vulnerable children and young people in the community.

Helensburgh based Cornerstone Community Care received £23,260.