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The Roses Charitable Trust

South West Mull and Iona Development

The Roses Charitable Trust runs the Roses Project, a dynamic training project which tackles the issues of deprivation and social exclusion in young people through highly effective personal development programmes.

Support from the CalMac Community Fund will enable a group of vulnerable and or disadvantaged young people from Oban and surrounding area to attend a programme of outdoor activities. In turn, help them develop transferable life skills, improve educational attainment while enjoying some fresh air and exercise. Activities may include coasteering, abseiling, rock climbing, gorge walking and hill walking with the aim of developing and improving self-management skills such as self-esteem, confidence, team building and personal boundary recognition.

Through partnership working with Oban Hostel and Oban High School young people will be identified who are expected to most benefit from this intervention e.g. where families are on low income resulting in young people having a lack of opportunities which involve expenditure.

A key element of the legacy is with the young people themselves. Many of the young people we work with have not had the opportunity to try outdoor activities before, cost being a huge barrier. Understanding and seeing the huge benefits that having a love of the outdoors can have, we are working on securing support to enable more subsidised outdoor activity sessions in Oban for young people that cannot afford to take part.



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