An opportunity was given to young people between Ness – Balantruiseal and Barvas – Carloway to come together and take part in some fun activities during the school holidays – and they certainly grasped the opportunity! Iomairt Ghàidhlig Iar Thuath organised a week ‘Brag’ of activities to enable young people to come together to have fun, learn new skills, try new activities and use and develop their Gaelic in relaxed, informal surroundings.
The group would meet at 9.30am every day and were very busy each day until around 2.30. A day was spent at Bùth Lisa withTiger Textiles in Ness where we took part in a design and make workshop. There, the group received instruction from Alison Macleod on art and had the opportunity to view the creative art displays in the studio. Everybody worked hard then and created their own wall block to take home. Alison said: ‘It was good to see how creative the young people were and that they were motivated by seeing how I use Gaelic in my own work.’.
Each group also spent a day fishing on a boat out Loch Erisort and spent time at Murdo Morrisons loch in Keose. Guiding us on the boat was Lewis Mackenzie from the business ‘fish n trips’ and from the Outer Hebrides Fisheries Trust were Donnie and Norman. We had good weather both days with the sun shining, and everyone got an opportunity to steer the boat and learn about work at sea. The group caught mackerel and picked up a lot of crabs in the creels! At the loch they learned how to set up the rods and even how to bait them with worms!…Some were not very keen on the worms! Excellent days were had at the fishing and it would be good to try it again!
Among the other activities the groups took part in over the weeks was an informative walk around the coast andblackhouse village in Gearannan, lunch at Comunn Eachdraidh Nis, a baking workshop and they went bowling atSpòrs Nis also. The young people thoroughly enjoyed the weeks and are grateful to everyone who helped with the activities over the weeks.
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