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Churches unite for youth project

Young people in south Lochaber are not a nuisance is a message that the churches in the area want to get across.

And they have come together to raise almost £120,000 to fund a youth worker over a three-year period.

Although they have not quite met their target and are still appealing for donations, they have now appointed Hazel Batty to the post.

Originally from Kilmichael Glassary near Lochgilphead in Argyll, Hazel worked with the Scripture Union in Edinburgh before arriving to settle into her new job. Based in an office at Kinlochleven High School, she will be working with teenagers in Duror, Kentallen, Ballachulish, Glencoe, Kinlochleven and Onich.

Known as the Two Lochs project, it is ecumenical and has been founded by the Church of Scotland, Catholic and Episcopal churches and the Salvation Army.

Rev Alison Burnside of Glencoe St Munda’s said: “The project is to enable young people to come together and we wanted to let them know that people do care about them and they are not a nuisance.

“It is Christian principle but we are not hell-bent on conversion [sic].”

• Full story at the Lochaber News.

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