Friday 24th March
I started out my day by dropping into the excellent Jean’s Bothy in Helensburgh. ENABLE Scotland have been working with Jean’s Bothy to run a Writing for Wellbeing Group, and they have published their book ‘Peace of Mind’ in which members have used poems, stories, artwork and photographs to produce a publication on the theme of mental health.
It is always great to see the work that these fantastic organisations are doing and they are so beneficial to tackling social exclusion and creating more integrated communities.
I then went to Hermitage Academy to meet with Mrs Rashid’s S1 Modern Studies class. The students had been putting together projects on democracy and dictatorships. To hear such in-depth analysis of the politics of places like North Korea was very impressive from such young folk, and it was such a pleasure as always to be invited in to this brilliant school.
Saturday 25th – Oban
On Saturday, I went to Oban to take part in a litter pick and clean up of the Black Lynn, its banks and around the town of Oban. There were so many volunteers out helping on such a lovely morning from Adventure Oban, Keep Oban Beautiful and the Happy Wee Health Club. It really does show just how proud locals are of Oban and whilst I enjoyed taking part in the very therapeutic litter picking, I didn’t quite take the dive and get in the water.
It was great to have a catch up with members of the Oban Sailing Club and also to host an advice surgery where I could speak to folk about issues impacting them.