LOCKDOWN limits may be some way away from being completely relaxed – but the pandemic isn't going to stop young people in Helensburgh and Lomond in their tracks this summer.

From July 3 to August 7, young people aged from 11 to 18 will be able to take part in a range of activities as part of the annual GIVE youth volunteering programme.

GIVE (Get Inspired through Volunteering and Engagement) activities encourage citizenship, volunteering and social action as well as personal development.

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Both the volunteering side of the GIVE programme, and the 'rewards' for young people who take part, will look rather different this year because of the ongoing effects of the coronavirus pandemic and physical distancing guidelines.

But participants can still choose which of a wide range of activities they want to take part in, including helping a neighbour, leaving someone flowers on their door, litter picking, making a donation to a local food bank and calling someone who lives on their own.

Other activities including those you can do at home, language skills, citizenship, and fun challenges are also being encouraged by the organisers from the Helensburgh and Lomond Youth Forum and Argyll and Bute Council's youth services team.

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Those who take part will earn points for completing each activity, and these points can be exchanged for gift vouchers that can be spent on local businesses such as The Toy Shop, Helensburgh Art Hub, Costa, W.H. Smith and more.

Gift vouchers worth £5, £10, £15, £20 and £30 will be available as well as SQA Dynamic Youth Award and Saltire Award certificates for participants that complete activities.

To find out more about the programme check out the Helensburgh and Lomond Youth Forum page on Facebook.

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