The Oban Times - - Districts -

AF­TER lis­ten­ing to young peo­ple in their area, an Argyll-based youth group has se­cured fund­ing to in­crease the pro­vi­sion of lo­cal recre­ational fa­cil­i­ties.

Mid Argyll Youth De­vel­op­ment Ser­vice (MAYDS), based in Lochgilp­head, has re­ceived £155,118 from the Scot­tish Land Fund to­wards the pur­chase of its cur­rent build­ing, which it had pre­vi­ously leased from Argyll and Bute Coun­cil, and two ad­join­ing pieces of land.

For more than 20 years, the lo­cal char­ity has worked with young peo­ple to pro­vide a wide range of recre- ational, ed­u­ca­tional, so­cial and learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, in­clud­ing work­shops, group ac­tiv­i­ties and sup­port ser­vices.

With this fund­ing, MAYDS will now have the free­dom to de­velop a broader range of ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing out­door work, play space, a gar­den and a skate­board park, which was par­tic­u­larly sought af­ter by young peo­ple in the com­mu­nity.

MAYDS man­ager Fiona Kalache said: ‘MAYDS is thrilled and over­joyed at re­ceiv­ing this award. This will make a huge dif­fer­ence, thanks to ev­ery­one whom helped to get us here.’

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