A GROUP of 21 young volunteers braved the poor weather recently to offer a helping hand tidying up a Helensburgh school’s garden.

The GIVE programme youngsters stepped in to help out at Parklands School, offering their skills on a wet and windy Wednesday to tidy up the raised beds and sensory garden.

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Organised by the Helensburgh and Lomond Youth Forum, the GIVE programme provides volunteering opportunities for children at a number of local events and activities, including their annual food bank donation day which was held recently.

Parklands topped off a successful few days with a £500 grant awarded to the school from the Helensburgh and Lomond Health and Wellbeing Network.

The money will go towards delivering fully inclusive dance lessons for pupils, starting in the new term.

Julie Ward, a member of the Parklands parent council, said: “We had a great week.

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“We’re delighted to have been awarded the grant from the Health and Wellbeing Network and with the support from the GIVE volunteers.

“It was a miserable day unfortunately but they all worked so hard and we are very grateful to them for their support and hard work.”

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