Local youngsters are set to benefit from a new programme that aims to build new life skills while supporting local charities.

Students at the Nicolson Institute, Sir E Scott School and Barra High School will be benefiting from a programme that empowers young people to make a difference in their local communities and develop new skills.

The active citizenship programme is part of a partnership between CalMac and the The Wood Foundation's Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) and will be delivered across a total of 11 schools in CalMac's area of operations.

Pupils from participating schools form teams to research social issues in their area and the charities working to address them. They then make a case for their chosen charity as to why they should receive a £3000 grant to help with their work.


As part of its support CalMac staff will have an opportunity to mentor young people throughout the project's delivery.

Launching the partnership at St Columba's High School in Gourock, CalMac's Director of Human Resources, Christine Roberts said: "From a personal development point of view YPI gives our staff the opportunity to share their skills and get involved with a project that will ultimately benefit their own community.

"Ultimately supporting YPI gives us a chance to make positive impacts by empowering young people to make a real difference where they live.

"Taking part in the programme builds students' team work skills and confidence, improves presentation and project planning skills and gets them involved more in their local community."

More than 170,000 young people from across the country have taken part in YPI since it was introduced in Scotland in 2008.



Picture shows: Last year's winning YPI team from St Columba's High School, Gourock with CalMac's Director of HR, Christine Roberts and the Wood Foundation's Deputy Director, Jonathan Christie at the partnership launch.