Take time to consider your future

Bute’s sixth annual ‘Take Time’ community event takes place at Rothesay Joint Campus on Thursday, September 6 between 11am and 3pm.

The event is run in partnership with Argyll College, Argyll Training, Jobcentre Plus, NHS Highland, Argyll Voluntary Action, HELP Project, Argyll & Bute Council and Skills Development Scotland.

Fifty-five organisations took part in the event last year and Shirley McFarlane from SDS’s Rothesay office are hoping for the same this year.

Organisations attending the event will be split into four zones: employment, learning and training (Red Zone), lifestyles and hobbies (Blue Zone), health and wellbeing (Purple Zone) and science and hands-on activities (Green Zone)

The event will be attended by pupils from S1 to S6 at Rothesay Academy but is open to the whole island community to drop in.

A group of pupils from the Academy’s home economics department will provide the catering for lunch, providing soup, filled rolls, teas and coffees and helping them to achieve relevant modules towards their SQA award.

Pupils from the Academy’s XL group will be involved in reception duties, ensuring exhibitors are signed in and given help with carrying materials to and from the hall, while young people from the HELP Project will be on hand to help the school janitors set up and clear up the hall at the end of the event.

SDS will have the use of ten computers in the school library which will enable promotion of the website ‘My World of Work’.

The Green Zone will feature Jon Davies from Think Science, who will be doing science experiments thanks to very kind sponsorship from Bute Astronomical Club, while the armed forces will have hands-on activities too.

The Red Zone will include colleges, universities, training organisations, community learning, employers, Jobcentre plus, Business Gateway and the Prince’s Trust.

The Blue Zone will showcase local clubs and organisations offering all types of courses and hobbies, and offering volunteering opportunities for all ages

THe Purple Zone will be covered by various NHS health teams promoting public health and wellbeing.

Radio Bute will be doing a live online broadcast of the event and are hoping to recruit some volunteers on the day.