A Dumbarton-based project has announced a wealth of free activities to help keep local young people occupied during the school summer holidays.

Children aged 10-14 from across West Dunbartonshire will be able to participate in the Skylark IX Shine project, running at the Scottish Maritime Museum (Denny Tank) on the town’s Castle Street.

The activities will take place from 10am to 3pm every Friday from July 15 until August 12 and will see young people join the ‘Skylark IX Crew’ for five weeks enjoying model boatbuilding, media production, heritage textile crafting, creative writing, face-painting and games.

The Skylark IX Shine activities are part of the West Dunbartonshire Summer Shine programme which aims to increase the provision of free meals and social activities for schoolchildren over the holidays.

Places 'going fast'

Jade West, community engagement co-ordinator at the Skylark IX Recovery Project, said: “We’ve lined up some fabulous activities for young people and, weather allowing, we will be enjoying them outside in the grounds of the museum.

“Places are going fast so we’re urging anyone who may be interested to get in touch soon.”

The Skylark IX Recovery Project cares for the Skylark IX Dunkirk ‘Little Ship’ and leads boatbuilding training for those recovering from addictions in a Boatbuilding Workshop at the Scottish Maritime Museum.

It also runs a variety of community-based projects for those facing social isolation across West Dunbartonshire. 

To register, email skylarkvol@alternatives.org or call 07939 664921.