Visit Bute volunteer scheme shows benefits of doing it yourself

Thomas and Raemarie Lilley took part in VisitBute's volunteering pilot project on May 3.
Thomas and Raemarie Lilley took part in VisitBute's volunteering pilot project on May 3.

A pilot VisitBute project using volunteers to provide island visitors with advice and information has been hailed a success.

The scheme saw a small team of volunteers spend part of the day at Rothesay pier and on board the Wemyss Bay ferry, offering assistance to people visiting the island for the May bank holiday weekend.

Bute development officer Nina Graham, who co-ordinated the project along with VisitBute’s directors, said: “I’m really pleased with the enthusiasm we’ve had from our volunteers – we are building up a bank of people but are still looking for more people to get involved.”

Volunteer Raemarie Lilley, who joined her son Thomas on the pilot project, said: “I saw the appeal in The Buteman and phoned up Nina to find out more.

“I think we need to do something for our island, and I think we need to do it ourselves.”

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