AILEEN CAMPBELL MSP, the Scottish Government’s minister for children and young people, praised the work of local charity Achievement Bute during a visit to the island on Wednesday.
Mrs Campbell toured the grounds of Mount Stuart, where the charity is holding the first week of its summer holiday activity programme, finding out about indoor artwork, visiting some of the dens built by local children as part of the scheme and even trying her hand at child-friendly archery.
“This is the start of my summer tour visiting different youth and children’s groups,” Mrs Campbell said, “and I am really pleased to be kick-starting that tour on Bute - a place I haven’t been to before, although I will be back!
“I’ve been really impressed by the dedication and enthusiasm of Achievement Bute’s staff and volunteers, who are creating something really vibrant for children who live on Bute and visit the island.
“Outdoor projects like this one are a real leveller from which children of all abilities and from all backgrounds can benefit by finding out the different ways in which organisations like Achievement Bute can help young people and families in their area.”
Achievement Bute’s 2012 summer holiday activity programme also includes trips off the island, a Victorian garden party and a week of Olympic-themed events concluding with a performance by the award-winning Grassroots Zimbabwe theatre company on July 27.