Ullapool High School YPI Finals

Developing the Young Workforce West Highland had a great day on Wednesday, 14th March at Ullapool High School helping to judge The Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) finals.

Along with the judging panel which comprised: former head teacher at Ullapool High School, Peter Harrison, thriller author, Lorraine Thomson, chairwoman of The Ullapool Community Trust, Flick Hawkins and from DYW West Highland, Colleen MacLean. The panel deliberated long and hard, but in the end the winning group were Harris, Kasey, Kia and Ewan for the Cardiac Risk in the Young charity (CRY).

CRY is a local charity working to prevent cardiac disease, and the £3000 won by the team is a fantastic outcome for the community.

Hats off to the other teams as well who worked hard to raise awareness of their chosen charities, which included:

  • Two groups who represented The Dolphin Project within An Talla Solais. This charity works to support every person in the area with a diagnosis of dementia and their carers, through a variety of art-based group activities delivered by artists and volunteers.
  • The Highland Hospice is a provider of palliative care throughout the Highlands. This group were also looking for funding towards doing art-based activities with those who require support.

It’s not an easy job presenting in front of an audience, but we were left feeling highly impressed by the hard work, passion and research demonstrated by each group.

For any further information on DYW WH, please phone us on: 01397 705765 or pop in and see us at: Lochaber Chamber of Commerce, 15 High Street, Fort William, PH33 6DH.  Alternatively, you can email us on: info@dywwesthighland.org