Wednesday, January 22, 2020
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Funding has been awarded to help set up a new Gaelic youth club in Portree.

CalMac's Community Fund have awarded Comann nam Pàrant Port Rìgh (CnPP) £2000 to help with the set up costs.

Aimed at Primary 5-7 pupils, the club will be a welcome safe space during the evening hours.

The club will initially be for pupils of Bun-sgoil Ghàidhlig Phort Rìgh but will be opened up to other Gaelic Medium schools in the north of Skye after an initial six month pilot.

CnPP committee member Dawn Campbell said: "Comann nam Pàrant Port Rìgh was at the forefront of a long campaign to establish a Gaelic school in Portree and the group continues to support efforts to ensure Gaelic medium provision is improved at all levels.

"A key way to augment the work in the Gaelic school is to ensure children have an opportunity to use the language for longer periods, out of school in social settings. We see the establishment of a Gaelic club as one way to do that, engaging young people in activities through which they will widen their vocabulary and language use. CnPP is very grateful to CalMac for supporting our proposal and we look forward now to getting the club off the ground."


"The response since we made the first round awards earlier in the year has been fantastic. We are already seeing the money put to good use in the Western Isles and I'm delighted that we are able to help set up such a valuable youth resource in Portree," said CalMac's Director of Community and Stakeholder Engagement, Brian Fulton.

Each application was judged by a screening panel of young people recruited from across the company's network, in partnership with Young Scot.

Other grants made in the Skye, Raasay, Small Isles and Mallaig area included £974 to Dannsairean an Eilein Sgitheanaich (DAES) in support of their MacKinnon Festival Trip project, £1,710 to Skye Events for All (SEALL) to help fund their Tune-Up Trad project, Skye Muay Thai also received £2,000 and the Staffin Youth Club project was granted £2000.

Picture shows: Uig Port Manager, Donald Beaton presents Comann nam Pàrant Port Rìgh with their £2000 cheque.

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