Hope 2 Oban

Sunday, 11 July 2010

Hope 2 Oban join SSC at Struan for the summer season

H2O have joined SSC for the summer season of camps at Struan in Perthshire, and the fun has begun with all action at 'Advanced Guard'. S5 and S6 campers have spent the week honing their hands-on skills, erecting tents and marquees, moving pianos, creating doors and cupboards, plumbing and generally having a fun time.
Campers come to Struan from all over Scotland with a sizable chunk from the Oban area. As well as using their skills in digging holes and brandishing power tools, Rachel and Ewen have been providing a nightly chat-space, using Nooma dvd's as a spring-board for splendid natters with groups of young folk around life, faith and the universe.
Camp continues with Mixed 1 - around 100 campers - from 10-16th July and Mixed 2 - around 170 campers - from 17th - 24th July. (all prayers for good weather gratefully received!)

Thursday, 1 July 2010

Denise is moving on

H2O Youth Worker, Denise Glancy, is moving on to a new youth work position based with Craig Lodge Community in Dalmally. For the past two years, as well as her chaplaincy work and coordinating the weekly prayer group at Oban High School, Denise has been the coordinator of Club H2O, the intergenerational aspect of Hope 2 Oban. The work has involved devising projects with the pupils and staff of Oban High School to bring young and not-so-young together . Projects have included collaboration with the History, English, Art, Music and Home Economics Departments as well as impressive work with the S5 and S6 Pathways Programme.
Pictured above is Denise with the Club H2O regulars who joined together with the H2O Directors, volunteers and youth workers to wish Denise best wishes for her future youth work around the region.
Denise will spend some of her time in Oban and plans to continue with many aspects of her OHS chaplaincy work.

And then there was Tralee!!!

Ok, it wasn't quite as bonny an evening as the GFG Kerrera adventure, but even so, Xplore and friends had a sooper-dooper, wind-swept BBQ and games at Tralee. The menu? Meaty, Veggy, Banana-y and ice-lollies but mainly blooming good company.
Lads - Dune jumping and chat
Lassies - Dune jumping and chat with a bit of a paddle.
The sad news, Kellen and the Careys will be returning to the USA over the summer. We'll miss all you guys!
The good news - yes, Kellen got his very own personalised t-shirt.

GFG group invade Kerrera

On Tuesday evening, sixteen young folk joined youth workers Rachel and Ewen and H2O volunteer Linda on a mini-adventure to the beautiful island of Kerrera just 10 minutes across the water from Oban.
A mini-yomp up to the war memorial was followed by a grand BBQ and games time with 'tray wars' the ever-present favourite.
Also pictured are Karina, Craig and Alex who are all moving on from GFG this summer. The three musketeers were presented with H2O T-shirts which were duly decorated by all the group members. GFG (Games, Food and God) will now break for the summer holiday and re-commence in August.
Big, big thanks to Neil for transporting us to and from the island......great fun!!!!
PS - Pamela is also moving on but sadly she couldn't join us on Kerrera - T-shirt for Pamela coming soon!

H2O Awards 2010

Pictured with Ewen Munro (youth worker on left) and Roy Clunie (H2O Chair) are three of the seven recipients of the annual H2O Awards, presented to Oban High School pupils for contributions to their school or neighbourhood communities.
Katie Melville (beside Ewen) has represented her fellow students in pupil councils for the past five years. Katie was also a member of the S5 Pathways team who planned, fund-raised and ran the Christmas Party for the elderly members of Club H2O, the weekly intergenerational project of Hope 2 Oban.
Also pictured are Louise Kynoch and Caroline Smith who, along with Samantha MacIver, Linzi MacVicar and Daena Campbell have been working on arrangements for a new footbal pitch at their home neighbourhood. They have also been helping to coordinate an international youth exchange with Polish young folk and assist with the planning of a forthcoming summer programme.