Dove Centre celebrating thanks to Oban High School

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Oban’s Dove Centre has been awarded £3,000 thanks to Oban High School pupils.

The money comes from a Youth and Philanthropy Initiative competition, run by The Wood Foundation and funded by CalMac.

Since the scheme was introduced to Scotland in 2008, it has engaged more than 230,000 young people who have taken responsibility for £5million of charitable giving.

YPI is the biggest independent initiative being delivered in Scottish education and each school that takes part is responsible for directing a grant of £3,000 to a charity in their community championed by students who carry out research and put together presentations to win the funding.

Presentations involving Year 5 and Year 6 pupils on Argyll Wellbeing Hub, bereaved family charity Anam Cara Fasgadh and Oban Hospice’s Dove Centre made it to the final.

Oban High School deputy headteacher Robert Leadbeater congratulated all the pupils who took part in the competition and said the three presentations that got through to the final were ‘outstanding’.

‘I’m so impressed with the quality of work put in. What really struck me was the amount of time the young people have clearly put into their projects. The passion that came through clearly shows these guys are going to be future volunteers and workers in our community,’ he added.

The Dove Centre will use the funding for its new Befriending Service supporting people living with cancer or other long-term conditions.

‘The service is about offering social support to help people reconnect with their community, get them out socialising and help build up any confidence that might have been lost due to illness. If there’s anyone who can’t get out, a befriender can offer company at home. There’s lots of possibilities,’ says its co-ordinator Lucy Hunt.

Anyone interested in becoming a befriender can contact Lucy  by email at lucy.hunt@obanhospice.org.uk or by calling 07592 633251.