South Uist beach clean up

Cladh Hallan Beach next to the world famous Askernish Golf Course in South Uist is being teed up for a beach clean this Saturday.

Younger and older members of the Hebridean community of Daliburgh will be treating the beach to a spring clean from 12 noon to 3pm for the benefit of everyone who uses it.

Claire Scott, Volunteer Development Worker with the Volunteer Centre Western Isles, told the Gazett: “People in the local community and visitors of all ages enjoy and use this beach now and will continue to in the future too. Cladh Hallan Beach has stunning scenery, a natural and historic landscape, unrivalled outdoor access and diverse wildlife. So it’s well worth the effort.”

Generations Working Together and The Volunteer Centre have worked in partnership to organise this event with local partners Daliburgh School, South Uist Youth Development Group, Sustainable Uist, St Peter’s Church and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and Keep Scotland Tidy.

The Cladh Hallan Spring Beach Clean is one of a series of five events planned to celebrate the achievements of different Generations Working Together throughout Scotland and highlights some of the activities Scottish generations are working on together. Other events include : Generations Gardening Together in Aberdeen, Generations Debating Together in Edinburgh, Generations Running Together in Glasgow and Generations Tiling Together in Inverness.

Generations Working Together, the Scottish Centre for Intergenerational Practice (SCIP) is a national support organisation with over two thousand members across its network throughout Scotland. It was set up in 2008 with Scottish Government support following the publication of ‘All our Futures’, a strategic plan for older people over fifty living in Scotland.

Brian McKechnie, SCIP Director said: “We see lots of stories in the press about older people living in fear of younger people. But at SCIP we see many more stories of younger and older people working together and achieving real benefits for each other and their communities. We work with public, private and voluntary sector organisations, as well as individuals and families, to gather and share best practice, provide information and support, and develop new opportunities for intergenerational working in communities - bringing older and younger people together to their mutual benefit.”