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Volunteers sought on Bute

Volunteers are being sought on Bute to take part in a new project which aims to further strengthen links between the local community and New Scots on the island.

The project, named Sawa (Syrian Arabic for ‘together’), will enable New Scots to develop language skills previously learned through ESOL, and will give islanders the opportunity to get to know them better by working in partnership and sharing experiences.

As part of the project, the Mount Stuart Trust has offered New Scots the chance to volunteer at the trust and support the staff team doing a range of things including work in the gardens, house, holiday  accommodation and cafe.

In addition, Argyll College is offering vocational qualifications in horticultural and preparation for employment skills, and Live Argyll is providing bespoke sport and leisure opportunities.

The volunteer mentors will have the opportunity to support the New Scots and accompany them at one or some of these opportunities.

The project has received funding of £98,872 from the Scottish Government* and will build on the successful Sharing Lives Sharing Language mentoring project that was previously funded by the Scottish Refugee Council.

Council Leader Councillor Robin Currie said: “The Island of Bute has welcomed New Scots with open arms and this funding announcement will enable them to continue to build on this and strengthen relationships within the community.

“It will help New Scots to improve their language skills and will give islanders the opportunity to get to know their neighbours better by working in partnership and sharing experiences. This will be a positive experience for everyone and I would urge people to get involved.”

To find out how you can help, and the opportunities available, please email: ann.russell@argyll-bute.gov.uk

* The project is part-funded through the European Union Asylum Migration Integration Fund. Making management of migration flows more efficient across the European Union

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