Beach clean earns rewards

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Oban Youth Cafe is keeping busy this summer.

About 20 members went on a beach clean with Oban’s HOPE project to make a difference to their town.

The youngsters, aged 11 to 17, are taking part in a GIVE programme which sees them getting fun rewards in return for joining in activities to improve their community and help others.

Other activities so far have included heart start training, garden at Glencruitten’s Green Shoots project and visiting the elderly at Lynnside Day Centre in the town.

One of the young peoples’ rewards has been a go-karting session.

Youth cafe worker Jackie Buchanan said: ‘We’ve had about 50 to 60 young people sign up to the GIVE programme. The more they do, the more points they pick up towards a reward activity or day out.’

Fiona Ferris from HOPE said: ‘It’s been heart-warming and uplifting to have them work alongside us on our regular beach cleans. They’ve shown a great sense of community and willingness.’