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MAYDS supports young people during Covid


During the coronaviru­s pandemic, Mid Argyll Youth Developmen­t Services (MAYDS) has continued to support young people across the region.

The charity’s manager, Fiona Kalache MBE, outlined some of what has been happening:

‘MAYDS is delivering the WorkingRit­e programme across Mid Argyll, Kintyre and the Isles. WorkingRit­e is a youth employment charity that individual­ly matches a young person to a small business in their community, where they learn valuable skills on-the-job, where it counts. Our trainees are with their work placement provider for up to six months during which they are guided by a mentor in the business, supported by our project co-ordinator. If eligible, they also receive a weekly training allowance and we cover their travel expenses.

‘Our programme bridges the gap between school and work. It gives young people essential work experience, provides good role models, builds their confidence and offers them a quality vocational alternativ­e to academic learning.

‘If any local business is interested in taking on a trainee on, contact MAYDS on 01546 603231.

‘Our outreach Street MAYDS team continues to be out and about across Mid Argyll delivering youth work. Along with support, informatio­n and making sure young people are safe, we are also working hard to encourage them to get involved in outdoor community work. So far they have been helping at Blarbuie Woodland and litter picks, as well as cleaning up the old Lochgilphe­ad primary school.

‘We continue to run counsellin­g services, young carers support and additional support needs groups throughout this difficult time.

‘Huge thanks to all the funders which have helped support these services during and beyond the Covid-19 pandemic.

‘At the end of April, following guidelines, we will slowly start to open our programmes such as youth drop-ins and JAM. Up-to-date informatio­n on this can be found on our website or Facebook page.

‘We are keen to bring on board new volunteers so if anyone is interested, please get in touch.’

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51_a01FionaKa­lache02 MAYDS manager Fiona Kalache.

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