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Helping Argyllís Young People

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Latest News

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 - Helpís 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...


Frankieís 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 Helpís 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 Scotlandís 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  

Itís 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!!


HELPís 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 HELPís 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 íThe Atelierí 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 íExcellentí

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 itís 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


HELPís 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.


HELPís 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 Buteís 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.