Toy Sale fundraiser for Rockfield centre

MacQueen Bros Charitable Trust is hosting a toy sale at MacQueen’s warehouse on Glengallan Road, Oban, tomorrow (Thursday December 1), from 8.30am to 5pm.
All the toys are new and still boxed and the trust says there are huge reductions on retail prices.
All proceeds from the sale will go towards Oban Communities Trust – The Rockfield Centre

Oban and Lorn Family History Group : the Stevensons

Oban and Lorn Family History Group meeting

Plenty is known about the impact the Stevensons had on the growth of Oban in the late 1700’s and early 1800’s but who were they? where did they come from? and where did the family go to ?

Stevenson Street in Oban is named after Hugh and John Stevenson who arrived in Oban in the mid 1700s and did much to develop and improve the then village. So much so they are arguably the founding fathers of Oban as we know it. They had a ship building business, were merchant traders and founded a brewery which subsequently became the distillery which still operates today.

We have some papers with a tentative family tree so will work together and see if we can flesh out the bones.

All welcome to come along and do some practical research.


Wednesday, November 30th 2016 07:30pm


The Rockfield Centre


Informal Woolly Day – Thurs 21st July

Informal Woolly Crafty day this Thursday 21st July
Victory Hall, Benderloch : – 11 am to 4 pm
A get together to spin, weave, knit, felt, chat, share our love of
fibre craft together.
Light refreshments
Bring whatever you are working on, come and chat, try out something new, relax and enjoy.infoma da 216


You are Invited to Join the

LORN Community Producers Market

Victory Hall, Benderloch
1st and 3rd Thursday of each month
12 – 2 pm

Bringing local food and creativity
to our local and visiting community.
Supporting Local Sustainability

Starting July 2016

To Apply for a stall or community group space please
· phone 01631 720223
· email
· drop in to Kintaline Farm, Benderloch

To fill in this form online please go to

GETTING READY FOR INVESTMENT – Social Enterprise workshop June 21st

Argyll & the Islands

21st June 2016, 10am – 4pm, The Regent Hotel, Oban

OBAN – TUESDAY 21st JUNE 2016 10AM – 4PM


The aim of these events is to equip social enterprises and community organisations in the Highlands and Islands with the capacity, knowledge and confidence to invest in their future and build stronger, more resilient communities.

In the morning, you’ll hear introductions from the three host organisations and our guest speaker, Campbell Cameron, who will share his experiences working with community broadband and taking on social investment, with the Oban Phoenix Cinema, warts and all.

This will be followed by structured round table discussions examining current challenges and opportunities for communities to raise and utlise different forms of social investment. Inspiralba will be supprting in this session with local knowledge and experiences in the field.

After lunch you’ll then have the opportunity to attend 2 of 4 tailored workshops delivered by Social Investment Scotland, Local Energy Scotland and Community Shares Scotland.

Early Days and Changing Ways

Understanding that not everyone is at the same stage of their journey, we’ll be hosting two workshops called Early Days and Changing Ways which reflect your place on the journey towards social investment. You can choose which workshop suits you best on the day.

Early Days

For social enterprises and community groups in the early stages of their planning and development; typically organisations will be trading for two years or less.

Changing Ways

For more established social enterprises and community groups who have developed their ideas further, established trading bodies and are looking to scale up, acquire assets and create further impact in their communities.

Shared Ownership of Renewable Energy

Shared Ownership (or Community Investment) of Renewable Energy is understood by the Scottish Government to refer to any structure which involves a community group as a meaningful financial partner in a renewable energy project. This session will introduce you to the opportunities available in the Highlands and Islands.

We’ll cover where to identify local opportunities, how to discuss opportunities with Developers and your group, the stages involved in a Shared Ownership project and what the outcomes could be for your community group or social enterprise.

Financing Your Community’s Future Through Community Shares

Our interactive session will demonstrate how the community shares funding mechanism can benefit your community enterprise – enabling it to start up, grow and thrive.

There will be a focus on new Scottish focused resources, emerging best practice, as well as details on how to access the free support offered by the Community Shares Scotland programme. We will walk you through the key steps in setting up a community share offer – using some great case studies from those who have had success already.

All the events are sponsored by Highlands and Islands Enterprise. Support is available through HIE for those travelling from further afield to attend these events. Please contact us to find out more.

LORN Permaculture courses 2016

Permaculture workshops
I have chatted to our workshop leader and he has space in his calendar to come over and lead us in some more courses.. so if you can fill in the options below and return to me, he and I can work out the what and when to suit as many as possible.
Courses I am interested in 
Introduction to Permaculture – one day 
Introduction to Permacullture – weekend 
Introduction to Forest Gardening – one day 
Introduction to Forest Gardening – weekend 
Introduction to Permaculture design – one day (will require some pre workshop homework, but does not require you to have a place to work on) 
Introduction to Permaculture design – weekend  (will require some pre workshop homework, but does not re sequire you to have a place to work on) 

Dates I can do .. or maybe (details would be useful – those you can or cannot)

June weekday
June weekends

late August weekday

late August weekend
September weekday
September weekends
October weekday
October weekends
November weekday
November weekends
December weekday
December weekends

as always the costs will be kept as affordable as possible respecting that our leader has to earn a living too .

Everyone Together – Social Care event 28th April

An event for all of us concerned with Social Care!
“Life changing” “Opened my eyes to what is really possible” “Very practical and useful” “Everyone could take part” “All events should be like this !! “ “Inspirational”
Everyone Together connects people who live and work in the same local area, exploring what they need and want from their support, learning together how to organise that differently.
• Discover how new ideas can help you have more control over the support you need in the pathways you choose, if you are using services or support or if you are a family member, carer, support-worker or other professional,
• Meet and learn with others from your local area, leave with a plan and a direction that makes sense to you.
• Find out what’s possible and how SMALL CHANGES can lead to BIG DIFFERENCES .
Venue: Corran Halls, Esplanade Court, Oban PA34 5AB
Date: Thursday 28th APRIL
Time: 10 am until 4 pm
Good news – This is a Powerpoint free zone. We have a “not putting anyone on the spot policy” – engage in whatever way is most comfortable for you
Organised by Oban Area SDS Chat Group, supported by North Argyll Carers Centre, Community Contacts and Oban Disability Forum with Everyone Together – a mixed-up group of people (in the right way!) who use services and work in them.
Everyone Together is funded by the Scottish Government to help develop new ideas in Self-directed Support

Argyll TSI Volunteer of the Year 2016

Call for nominations for Argyll & Bute Volunteer of the Year Awards 2016

Our Volunteer of the Year awards will be held this year on Friday 16Th September at The Argyllshire Gathering Halls in Oban
These nominations are fantastically important for everyone – not least for the amazing cash prizes and the recognition that comes with them.
As well as the shield for volunteer of the year, there is a separate Sargus Memorial Travel prize of £1000 given to an outstanding volunteer. In previous years the winner has used it to travel abroad to visit international examples of their work. Others take a well-deserved wee break to recharge their batteries.
Organisations too can benefit from a £500.00 cash prize, with runner up prizes of £250 each, which can really support a small but vital organisation with its work. It can be used to match other funds or sow the seeds of a new project. The press recognition that comes with the prize can help raise the profile of an organisation and demonstrate to funders and its other stakeholders that the organisation is achieving local recognition and impact.
So while we know that voluntary organisations and their volunteers are by their very nature modest in the extreme – once a year it’s time to shout about our achievements and give a pat on the back to those who touch so many lives in many, individual ways.
Nomination forms are available at your local Argyll TSI office, Please email completed form to
Call our Head Office on 01631 564839 or email on if you want any help with your form.
Kind regards
Shirley Lafferty
My working hours are Mon – Thurs 9.15am – 2.45pm
Charity No: SC 029947   Company No: 277345
21 High Street, Oban, PA34 3BG
Tel: 01631 564839