In 2017 The Rotary Club of Oban agreed to support the Young Carers Programme to the extent of £4,000 per annum for three years i.e. £12,000 in total.
The Young Carers Programme, which operates under the auspices of The North Argyll Carers Centre, provides respite for youngsters who are obliged for whatever reason to support parents, siblings or other close family members. At the present time there are some 300 youngsters between the ages of 8 and 18 in the Oban area looking after relatives before going to/after school or work. The money provided by Oban Rotary from their fund raising programmes can be match funded.
Oban Rotary President, Iain Mac Intyre is seen here handing over the second tranche of £4,000 to the Carers Centre Manager Morag MacLean with her colleague Agnes Ingram also in attendance
On the back of Oban Rotary"s £12,000 commitment over 3 years the management of the North Argyll Carers Centre submitted a grant application to "Children in Need" and this was successful to the extent of a whopping £83,360 which will not only enable NACC to increase the level of support to the Young Carers but underpin the future of the initiative. Morag MacLean, NACC's Manager was profuse in her praise of Oban Rotary saying that the club's support of the Young Carers initiative was crucial to gaining this award.
Morag MacLean, the manager of the North Argyll Carers Centre, is seen here accepting a cheque for £4,000 from Tommy McQuade, President of the Rotary Club of Oban. Also in the picture are Rotarians Iain MacIntyre , Senior Vice President and Douglas Small, Junior Vice President.
This donation is the first tranche of an agreement whereby Oban Rotary from its fund raising will provide the Carers Centre with £4000 each year for the next 3 years i.e. £12,000 in all to support the work of the Centre's young carers service. The young carers service includes youngsters from 8 to 18 years old who for one reason or another are responsible for looking after someone be it a parent or a close relative. The money from Oban Rotary, which will attract match funding , will go towards providing respite for the young carers e.g. holidays, days a way, training etc. The Rotary Club of Oban , who operate a very active Youth Services Section based on maintaining a close relationship with local schools are delighted to be assisting the North Argyll Carers Centre with the good work they do in this area.