Christmas comes early for three Oban charities

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New Start Oban's chairperson Antoinette Mitchel with treasurer David James and Douglas Mackie who is Chairman of West Highland Housing presenting the cheque, along with Diane MacDonald and Iona Smith who are also part of New Start Oban. NO_T01_newstartoban
New Start Oban’s chairperson Antoinette Mitchell with treasurer David James and Douglas MacKie who is chairman of West Highland Housing Association presenting the cheque, along with Diane MacDonald and Iona Smith who are also part of New Start Oban.
Jacek Kapusta, Alexander Kapusta, Danica Fleming, Lilly Burger, Amanda MacLachlan, Matthew MacCorquodale, Fiona MacMillan and Douglas Mackie who is Chairman of West Highland Housing Association and Aileen Cameron who is a Senior Practitioner with Soroba Young Family Group. NO_T01_sorobayoungfamily
Jacek Kapusta, Alexander Kapusta, Danica Fleming, Lilly Burger, Amanda
MacLachlan, Matthew MacCorquodale, Fiona MacMillan and Douglas MacKie who is chairman of West Highland Housing Association and Aileen Cameron who is a senior practitioner with Soroba Young Family Group.

Christmas came early for three Oban charities which received a total of £4,250 from West Highland Housing Association (WHHA).

The housing association presented the cheques to the charities last Wednesday.

New Start Oban received £2,500, Soroba Young Families were awarded £1,000 and £750 went to Glenshellach Growers.

New Start Oban helps people who are or have been homeless by providing basic items that most people would take for granted, such as bedding, towels, cooking utensils, cutlery, crockery, glasses, to basic buckets, mops, cleaning materials, soap, light bulbs and small
electrical goods such as toasters and irons.

‘We estimate that in the decade we have operated we have, on average, provided 30 starter packs a year. Probably helping upwards of 300 people. Each starter pack we now estimate costs approximately £100. So donated items do really help to keep costs down,’ said Antoinette Mitchell who is  chairman of New Start Oban.

In January, Oban High School has  agreed to make it their charity for a few weeks and will be running a Clan competition to collect needed items.

The charity, which does not accept food, furniture or clothing, also works closely with Hope Kitchen and Lori.

Soroba Young Families Group (SYFG) is both a nursery and a learning and development initiative supporting families with children under the age of three. Its share of funding will go towards its Birth to 3 Centre that has more than 100 children registered with it and also has a waiting list for some of its sessions.

‘The donation from West Highland Housing Association will be
used as a contribution towards core costs, helping us meet day-to-day expenses. Every year it becomes more challenging to secure these much needed funds, so receiving this kind donation is very much appreciated not only by myself, but all our families,’ said a SYFG spokesperson.

Glenshellach Growers is a community gardening project at Rhuvaal Road, Oban.

While handing the cheque over to the growers, chairman of WHHA, Dougie MacKie said: ‘We are delighted. Hopefully many of our tenants will benefit from what is happening and enjoy the fresh fruit and vegetables.’

Discussing how vital it is to receive funding like this, Duncan Woodward of Glenshellach Growers said: ‘It’s absolutely important. We don’t charge a lot for membership, so we rely on raising funds and this is brilliant and unexpected.’