Young peo­ple look to a bright fu­ture on pro­ject

The Oban Times - - News -

A PRO­JECT which aims to un­lock the po­ten­tial of young peo­ple liv­ing with autism or learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties has wel­comed a new group of young­sters.

The Ac­tive Healthy Achiev­ing (AHA) Fu­tures 2017 Pro­ject wel­comed new mem­bers to work with Nim­blefin­gers at Caol Com­mu­nity Cen­tre on Mon­day (Fe­bru­ary 6).

By work­ing with the young peo­ple AHA Fu­tures hopes to en­hance their life skills through ex­pe­ri­enc­ing new and chal­leng­ing ac­tiv­i­ties.

Now in its sec­ond year and run­ning un­til the end of Novem­ber, the gov­ern­ment-funded pro­ject will fea­ture six-week ro­ta­tional blocks start­ing with Nim­blefin­gers, a craft­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion, fol- lowed by Green­fin­gers at Clag­gan, Lochaber Ru­ral Ed­u­ca­tion Trust (LRET) and Ard­gour Ad­ven­tures.

Moira Hart­ley, trust man­ager of LRET said on be­half of AHA fu­tures: ‘Our key suc­cesses from 2016 were the in­crease in so­cial, com­mu­ni­ca­tion, in­de­pen­dence, life skills, val­ues, con­fi­dence and ca­pac­ity build­ing.

‘In each lo­ca­tion, the group en­joyed a full and var­ied pro­gramme of events, with the main ob­jec­tive be­ing to pro­vide a safe, ed­u­ca­tional path­way for vul­ner­a­ble young peo­ple in the midst of tran­si­tion.

‘Our 2017 pro­gramme looks very ex­cit­ing and we all look for­ward to work­ing to­gether again to de­liver the sec­ond year of our AHA Fu­tures pro­ject.’

The first ses­sion of the sec­ond year of the AHA Fu­tures pro­ject be­gan on Mon­day.

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