MEMBERS of local mental health and wellbeing hub Jean’s Bothy are seeking help from Helensburgh residents.

The hub, which is run by Enable Scotland, a charity that works for those with learning disabilities, has been taking part in Safe Space Workshops, a creative class delivered by Glasgow-based playwright Mark MacNicol, and have written a script which they want to produce as a film.

When the pandemic hit, the workshops continued online, and the basis of the film was finalised.

They started with the question “Who was Jean of Jean’s Bothy?” and were inspired by the origin story of Enable Scotland.

With theatres closed and audiences no longer allowed to attend live performances, the option of taking the play to a theatre was not possible however members refused to give up and decided to film the play to stream online.

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Katrina Sayer, development manager at Enable Scotland, told the Advertiser: “To be able to produce this film professionally, the group need to raise £20,000 which is no small task.

“However, determined to succeed, they have now planned a fund-raising campaign and that’s where we need your help.

“A GoFundMe page has been set up to raise funds and we would ask as many people as possible to watch the intro video, consider making a donation and share, share, share the page through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

“Email, text and WhatsApp everyone you know so we can make this a reality.

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“As we researched the 1950s and access to mainstream education for children with disabilities, members were struck by just how relevant these issues still are today and although progress has been made there are still challenges for parents of children with disabilities and this play highlights this.

“It’s also a play about friendship, determination and hope.”

To help the hub with a donation, go to and search for ‘Ineducable’, the play’s title.

The hub, which opened in October 2018, is a partnership between the Argyll and Bute Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP), Enable Scotland, the Ministry of Defence, Helensburgh Community Council (HCC) and Argyll and Bute’s Third Sector Interface (TSI).

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