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Helping Argyll’s Young People

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Latest News

25 years

13 Feb 2024  

HELP will be celebrating 25 year this October 2024. We have lots of plans over the next 12 months and hope that all those associated with the organisation will join in


Weekly Activities - Check our facebook page weekly

21 Jul 2023  

WEEK COMMENCING 24TH JULY 2023We have more exciting activities next week running alongside our daily hub Monday - Friday 10- 5pm 🤩🥳🤩🥳Monday - we have our movie afternoon 🎬Tuesday - we have our pool table out all day, so come along and challenge our...


John is ready for the camera

22 May 2023  

John at our Bute office is ready to be filmed for the ’Spark your purpose’ project. This wonderful project has allowed us to help young people get, driving lessons, wellbeing support, and even a gym pass. The outcomes have been amazing


HELP Community Taskforce vacancies

22 May 2023  


John all ready for the Information and careers fair at Rothesay Academy

06 Oct 2022  


Cost of living support

06 Oct 2022  

The rising cost of living is a concern to all of us. Here is a link to support services in Scotland.


Energy and Food Support in Argyll and Bute

24 Sep 2022  

Food - The Flexible food fund, link to application attachedEnergy support - Contact ALIenergy on 01631 565 183


Lots of Activities

22 Aug 2022  

We have lots of actvities coming up over the next few months in both Bute and Cowal. Here are some of them.....Young womans group 1 - Visit to the argyll hair salon and coffee at the marina 2 - Trip out with the e-bikes from the bothy 3 - Jewlery making 4 - How to basic DIYYoung mens group with...


We are looking for an Assistant Manager

08 Feb 2022  

HELP (ARGYLL AND BUTE) LTDASSISTANT MANAGERSalary £24,000 to £30,00035 hours per week over 7 daysHELP (Argyll and Bute) Limited is a well-established voluntary sector organisation that supports 16 to 25-year-olds in Dunoon and Rothesay. We are seeking to recruit an Assistant Manager....



31 Aug 2021  

HELP Virtual Skills Programme is beginning on Monday 6th Setpember 2021, at 9.30am. This is a real opportunity for you to brush up on your skils and learn new ones.Speak to one of the team for further details and to book your space.



18 Aug 2021  

fethiye otel fiyatları Its all about helping each other. HELP young people have supported Strone Primary School to create an outdoor learning space, which the pupils just love.



09 Aug 2021  

Over these last few month, HELP have worked closely with the Burgh Hall team, who have offered all sorts of opportunties.



09 Aug 2021  

Yes we can now meet you in the office, although walk and talk, and outdoor appointments are still the preferred option. However we can now make appointments, so just get in touch.



22 Jul 2021  

The comunity taskforce have been out again this week, and have done a wonderful job on the bus shelters at both Port Riddel and at the bottom of Dhailling RoadThere have been over 400 positive comments and thanks on local social media sites.



22 Jun 2021  

Kirn school thanks our young people for working on their garden last week. They built a composter, a rockery, and a new path ! Kirn said ’ We really appeciate all the help you have give us.



03 Jun 2021  

We are delighted to welcome our brand new ’HELP Community Taskforce’ team. who have already started supporting our community by answering the call from Envirokirn for assistance with planing.The taskforce are employed by HELP as part of our skills programme and funded through Big Lottery, and the...



31 May 2021  

Remember our weekly drop in, 1.00pm for Bute young people and 2.00pm for Dunoon young people.The link remains the same each week


Jim and Shaun show us what 2 Metres looks like

15 Jun 2020  

Its really important to keep socially distanced, so Shaun and Jim show us what two metres looks like


HELP Supporting young people through COVID

15 Jun 2020  

We are hear to support you, so just get in touch by calling our free phone number 0800 121 4990


New Free Phone Number 0800 121 4990

23 Mar 2020  

Keeping in touch is more important than ever so we have set up a new free phone number.


Argyll and Bute Youth Achievement Awards

14 Feb 2020  

HELP Community Taskforce were delighted to be nominated for an award as this prestigious ceremony, which recognises the contribution of young people across our local authority. A lovely night was held by all and of course our taskforce will always be HELP’s heros.


HELP part of Change Team

14 Feb 2020  

HELP’s Manager Janet MacKellar is delighted to be selected to be part of a new ’Change Team’ working along side the Scottish Government to erradicate homelessness.


Our Young People support and improve their local community

10 Jan 2020  

Thanks to the Community Fund Scotland and the community jobs fund our young people are able to learn new skills while supporting and improving their local community.


HELP Community Ambassadors

05 Dec 2019  

HELP welcome our new Community Ambassadors who will support the organisation to support our young people.


On this day ......

17 Oct 2019  

On this day 15th October 1999 HELP began, with one member of staff (Part time). No desk, no office and just a tea trolly to roll from one place to another.Since then we have worked with literally thousands of young people and we want to take this opportunity to say ’Thank you’ to all those young...


John sports the new HELP Tartan

08 Oct 2019  

John promotes HELP’s services at a recent community event on Bute


’HELP Celebration Event’

29 Aug 2019  

Friday was amazing as Cleland Sneddon, Chief Executive us to present our Investors in people Platinium award, celebrate our 20th year, launch our very own HELP tartan designed by our young people, our community ambassador scheme and present awards to our young people and staff.


Launch of Community Ambassadors

09 Aug 2019  

The 23rd of August is set to be a busy day at HELP, with the launch of our Community Ambassadors, our very own HELP tartan, and the presentation of our Investors in People Platinium Award - watch this space for further details ......


HELP are ’Excellent’

18 Mar 2019  

Today 18th of March 2019 our Care Inspection is published. Thanks to all our young people, our staff and our partners for all of your support over 20 years of service.


John Byrne Award

13 Feb 2019  

A beautiful tribute to the organisation - Thank you Karen.


Argyll College Courses available.

23 Jan 2019  

NPA Construction – this course will cover a range of different topics including plastering, brickwork, painting and decorating, carpentry and joinery. This is a highly practical course that will prepare students to enter the construction industry. In terms of entry requirements, students...


Taskforce paint local nursery

07 Dec 2018  

Our Community Taskforce are once again supporting the local community by decorating a local nursery - Well done boys and thanks to the Community Jobs Fund.


Job Opportunities for young people

29 Aug 2018  

Our taskforce have been awarded an additional 4 posts. See attached for details


HELP’s Five-a-side Football Tournament

08 Jun 2018  

‘Connecting with the Community’ On Monday the 28th of May, we hosted our very own 5-a-side football tournament here in Dunoon. The idea behind the tournament was to bring together different groups, clubs and organisations within the local community and create an opportunity for our...


Offices Closed Today

01 Mar 2018  

Unfortunately due to the current and forecasted weather conditions for today, both Help offices in Dunoon and Rothesay are closed.A member of staff can still be contacted on the following numbers:Dunoon - 07979074222Rothesay - 07717126715Sorry for any inconvenience And stay safe out there...


Winter Update

15 Feb 2018  

There’s no better way to combat the cold of winter than with the festive warmth of a Christmas Party. We had our two annual Christmas parties this year, in Dunoon’s Hanover Street Hall and Rothesay’s Holy Trinity Church for all of our young people. All of the children who came...


Winners of the Youth Environment Award

07 Feb 2018  

Fantastic News from the Argyll & Bute Awards ceremony which took place last night in Helensburgh, with Help’s Community Taskforce winning the Youth Environment Award!!This fantastic event was all about ‘Celebrating Youth Achievement in Argyll & Bute’, with inspirational...


The New Team - Help’s Community Task Force

21 Nov 2017  

HELP would like to congratulate and welcome the four succesful applicants who have now joined our Community Task Force.Over the past year, the Community Task Force has done some fantastic work in the the local community, and now our newest recruits are looking to continue the great work in the year...


Calum Speirs Memorial Football Tournament: 10th Year Anniversary

08 Nov 2017  

On Sunday the 5th of November the Brandane Bulls, with support from the Help Project, hosted a fantastic football tournament in memory of Calum Speirs, commemorating 10 years since Calum lost his battle to cancer at the age of 12.Following a gloriously sunny day with a great turnout from the local...


Homeless World Cup Success, as Scotland Do the Double

14 Sep 2017  

We would like to congratulate all of Scotland’s men and women who have now returned home from Norway following a life changing experience at the Homeless World Cup. Both Scotland teams had an incredible tournament, proudly representing their country on an inspiring platform that aims to make...


Recent Article from The Dunoon Observer

11 Sep 2017  

Article from Last week’s Dunoon ObseverMike Clark the club secretary gave up his time over a number of months to introduce youngsters from the HELP project to the great game of golf. The youngsters were shown the basics of golf chipping, putting, and driving the golf ball not forgetting the...


Frankie’s Homeless World Cup Journey

24 Aug 2017  

Over the past number of months Rothesay’s very own Frankie Austin has been on the most remarkable journey which has taken her to next week’s Homeless World Cup in Oslo.This life changing opportunity has been the key to reviving her inspiring passion for the sport. Every week she has...


A Summer Holiday For Everyone

16 Aug 2017  

Over the past 7 weeks we have hosted a fantastic summer holiday programme for young people, particularly for our young parents and their children. Each Friday we organised exciting new activities that we believed would create that classic delightful summer holiday feel. We kicked the first week off...


Local Recognition for our Community Task Force

01 Aug 2017  

Our recent write up in the Dunoon Observer newspaper recognises and praises another fantastic piece of work carried out by Help’s Community Task Force.Another huge well done to our young boys making a difference in the local community.


Big Lottery Award for Help

30 Jun 2017  

We are delighted to announce that Help Ltd have successfully been awarded £499,081 from Big Lottery Scotland. This will provide five years of funding to support our local young people. Janet MacKellar of HELP said: "It is wonderful that Big Lottery has agreed to continue to fund our skills...


Hampden Stadium Tour

09 May 2017  

This week we took a group of our keen young footballers for a day visit to Scotland’s national football stadium, Hampden Park.The group were warmly welcomed on their arrival and shown around the Museum and Hall of Fame before being taken on the Grand Tour of the Stadium.A fantastic day was had by...


Resident is "Over the moon"

05 Apr 2017  

Today the Community Taskforce did a fantastic job in a local residents garden who has expressed she was ’Over the Moon’ with their work and the new look of her garden.Great job - a very happy resident.


Short Questionnaire

15 Feb 2017  

It’s that time of year again when we need to ask all of our young people to take a moment to reflect on your engagement with our service here at HELP Ltd.If you could please find the time to pop along to the office to complete a short questionnaire which should take no longer than 5 minutes, it...


Jobs Fair 2017

09 Feb 2017  

The Jobs Fair 2017 presented by the Cowal Employment Partnership will be taking place on Monday the 27th of February at Dunoon Grammer School. Time: 12:30pm - 3pm This will be an opportunity for local employers to promote job opportunities to aid recruitment, and likewise provide a fantastic...


The Wonderful work of the Community Taskforce

27 Jan 2017  

Since September of last year, HELP (Argyll & Bute) Ltd have welcomed five new hardworking members to its team thanks to the Community Jobs Fund. These new additions collectively make up our Community Taskforce, coordinated by Jim Moir. This fantastic opportunity has brought five young people...


Investors in Young People GOLD

06 Jan 2017  

We are delighted to announce that HELP (Argyll & Bute) Ltd have officially been upgraded from Investors in Young People SILVER to GOLD.Fantastic News!!


HELP’s Football Tournament with Local Employers

24 Oct 2016  

On Sunday the 16th of October HELP hosted a fantastic five-a-side football tournament in Dunoon. A few of HELP’s young people were involved in the organisation of the event and going out to invite employers to enter a team. Despite the heavy rain, the tournament was a real success wih teams being...


Bute Fabrics Tour

18 Oct 2016  

Following our recent trip to Dumfries House in Ayrshire, Rothesay’s exciting Employment Programme has once again brought about another fantastic opportunity for our young people to experience a tour around Bute Fabrics.The day was not only educational, but it was interactive and gave our...


Dumfries House Trip

18 Oct 2016  

As part of the Rothesay Employment Group, Help were offered an opportunity to visit the fabulous Dumfries House in Ayrshire to experience ’The Atelier’ which is a workshop type environment for sewing and embroidery.As a taster day we were given the opportunity to design and make our very own Tote...


Delighted Young Person awarded Volunteer of the Year 2016 for Cowal and Bute

28 Sep 2016  

Argyll and Bute TSI Volunteer of the Year Award 2016, held on the 16th of September, celebrated the many volunteers across Argyll who give of their time and skills for the benefit of others. The event was held in Oban and a number of people travelled from Dunoon. Local charity HELP were absolutely...


Care Inspection: HELP Awarded ’Excellent’

07 Sep 2016  

Our latest Care Inspection report has been published and HELP has been awarded ’Excellent’. A huge thank you to all of our partners and especially to OUR young people who completed questionnaires and attended interviews.Please feel free to read the Care Service Inspection Report...


Evaluation of our service and it’s impact

07 Sep 2016  

We are delighted to announce that our Impact Evaluation conducted by David Strathearn has now been completed. We would like to welcome you all to read the final report produced by our external evaluator, which can be found below.


Homeless World Cup 2016: Changing Lives

04 Aug 2016  

We can all be proud of the fantastic job that Scotland has done in playing host to the Homeless World Cup 2016, the week-long International 4-a-side football tournament which was held on George Square from the 10th to the 16th of July. However everyone here at HELP Ltd would like to further express...


Better Futures - check out our case study

06 Jul 2016  

HELP features in Better Futures video


HELP’s Exciting Homeless World Cup Update

28 Jun 2016  

HELP Ltd have received incredibly exciting news regarding the greatly anticipated Homeless World Cup as three of our committed young footballers have been selected as reserves for this year’s tournament. As the host nation Scotland are required to provide eight reserve players who may be...


HELP are looking for ideas

17 Jun 2016  

HELP are looking for ideas for their wood carving to add to this environmental project which the young people have recently completed at Moir Street, Dunoon.


HELP’s Wonder Goalie

11 May 2016  

After three stages of intense trials, Dunoon’s very own Derek McCartan has been selected as one of Scotland’s final 16 trialists for the Homeless World Cup 2016 National Team. For the coming weeks he will continue to train with the rest of Street Soccer’s selectees around the...


Homeless World Cup Trials

04 Apr 2016  

Since hearing the official announcement that Scotland will be hosting this year’s Homeless World Cup in Glasgow’s George Square, there has been an incredible buzz around here HELP Ltd. A committed group of our young people who have been engaging in the football with Street Soccer each...


Easter Egg Hunt

31 Mar 2016  

HELP Ltd welcomed all of their young parent service users and their children along to a fantastic Easter Egg Hunt in Dunoon’s Castle Gardens as part of the weekly TotsRus parent group programme.The very exciting and much anticipated Egg Hunt went brilliantly, and following this each child was...


A Very Successful Jobs Fair

18 Mar 2016  

HELP (Argyll & Bute) Ltd worked within Cowal Employability Partnership to organise and run a very succesful Jobs Fair held on the 18th of March in the Dunoon Grammer School. Nearly 50 exhibitors attended, including local employers with live vacancies as well as a number of training and...


Another beautiful Lochgoilhead weekend

27 Feb 2016  

Another fantastic activity weekend away in Lochgoilhead was enjoyed by twelve of HELP’s young people from both Dunoon and Rothesay.The residential weekend is organised as part of our employment programme to bring our young people into a new environment where they face new experiences and...


Presentation of Certificates

16 Feb 2016  

In celebration of the most recent achievements of our young people engaging in the employability programme, HELP hosted an in-house presentation of certificates that have been attained by our young people. Certificates were kindly presented to the young people by Reverand Aileen Robson. This small,...


HELP Sign the Pledge

30 Nov 2015  

In recognition of National Care Leavers week HELP signed a pledge to continue to support Argyll and Bute’s Care leavers to reach their full potential. Pictured with the HELP staff team are Rosemary Drylie and Tony McDonald from Who cares Scotland.


Take Time Event on Bute

02 Nov 2015  

HELP once again took part in the Take time event held at Rothesay Academy, despite thick fog and delayed ferries the event was a huge success bring together local partners and school children.


Celebrating our young people

23 Oct 2015  

On Friday the 23rd HELP held a celebrating young people event at the Royal Marine Hotel, over 40 young people and partners attended to hear the achievements of our young people and the excellent partnership working that takes place in Bute and Cowal. Over 40 certificates were given out by Cllr Dick...


Visit from Rev Dr Angus Morrison, Moderator of the Church of Scotland

18 Oct 2015  

HELP hosted a lunch for the Moderator. Young people and members of the HELP staff team gave a presentation on the work of the organisation and how it links with local Churches and is supported by local congregations in the area.


Residential weekend goes well at Lochgoilhead

16 Oct 2015  

As part of our employment programme HELP young people took part in a team building weekend. Challenges helped the young people to work as a team, overcome their fears, and take on new and exciting challenges.


The `Vital Spark`

19 Aug 2015  

HELP took part today in a filming exercise to promote the third sector in Argyll and Bute and encourage others to follow in their footsteps.


Visit from John Finnie MSP

12 Aug 2015  

John stopped by the project today as Highlands and Islands MSP on his summer visits. He was very impressed with what he heard and offered his assistance at anytime.