Work­ing to pre­serve all our yarns of yes­ter­year

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Peo­ple across Ar­gyll and Bute are be­ing en­cour­aged to take part in a unique pro­ject that will help to pre­serve tales about the area for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.

Ar­gyll and Bute Youth Ser­vices is call­ing on peo­ple of all ages to help gather sto­ries, film clips, pho­to­graphs and ob­jects about the area to cel­e­brate the unique­ness of Ar­gyll and Bute.

The Dig­i­tal Sto­ry­telling Pro­ject is part of the na­tional Year of Young Peo­ple and aims to bring to­gether our younger and older gen­er­a­tions to share their sto­ries and folk­lore tales of yes­ter­year.

Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil’s pol­icy lead for education, Coun­cil­lor Yvonne McNeilly, said: ‘This is not only a great way of cap­tur­ing pre­cious sto­ries about the area, but it’s an ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­nity for a mix of gen­er­a­tions to work to­gether. Ar­gyll is teem­ing with folk­lore tales, from gi­ant ser­pents and mer­maids be­ing spot­ted on our coast­lines in years gone by, to sto­ries of haunted caves and bloody bat­tles. We’ve got a lot to talk about.

‘The Year of Young Peo­ple is all about bring­ing gen­er­a­tions to­gether and cel­e­brat­ing our young peo­ple. It’s an op­por­tu­nity to show­case their tal­ents and cre­ate a pos­i­tive per­cep­tion of them in our so­ci­ety. This pro­ject is a per­fect way to do that and is just one of the many things our youth ser­vices team has been up to.

‘I can’t wait to see the out­come of the sto­ry­telling pro­ject and would en­cour­age peo­ple to come for­ward and help.’

The coun­cil’s youth ser­vices team is work­ing in part­ner­ship with the education ser­vice and Dig­i­tal Breeze. A work­shop will be held in Au­gust where, hav­ing gath­ered ev­ery­thing they need, our young peo­ple will be able to cre­ate a plat­form for up­load­ing the con­tent – per­haps in a book, e-book or CD, for ex­am­ple.

If you would like to take part or help gather con­tent for the pro­ject, con­tact Roanna Clark, youth par­tic­i­pa­tion of­fi­cer, on 01546 604752 or email roanna.clark@ ar­gyll-bute.gov.uk.

Coun­cil­lor Yvonne McNeilly.

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