Hope 2 Oban

Training & Networking



Deep Impact - Aviemore

The H2O team of workers and volunteers have taken part in the annual adventure to Deep Impact, the Christian Youth Workers training event. In January 2012, Ewen was joined by key youth work volunteers Bethea, Joan, Katie and Ruth. The team met with youth workers and volunteers from all over Scotland and beyond, for this time of equipping, networking and fellowship, with over 300 delegates taking part.DeepImpact2-Comp.jpg

Over the past few events, workshop and seminar titles have included ‘Spiritual Gifts and Young People’, ‘What Makes a Youth Friendly Church’ and ‘Groupwork Skills’.

 CHINWAG! - What's that?Chinwag2010-1.jpg

  • An action-packed event full of practical ideas and skills, for youth leaders and all who are working with young people.
  • Ongoing opportunities to Chinwag with fellow youth leaders, share ideas, experiences & support each other...
  • What works? What skills can you share? What is happening elsewhere?  How do you arrange that? Do you know who can do this? Where can we get money to do that? Where do you source......?


In October 2010, Kilbowie Outdoor Centre was the place and 'Chinwag' was the event.

Following on from day events in 2006, 07 and 08, folks from Oban, Ardrishaig, Rothesay, Dunoon and beyond gathered for the first overnight Chinwag.

The primary aims of Chinwag are that youth workers, leaders and volunteers can come together to glean ideas and activities to use with their groups as well as taking part in the crucial networking act of ‘Chinwagging’.
35 participants spent Saturday in workshops on Funding and Volunteering, Rocket Building, Movie-making, Drumming, being Crafty and exploring strategies to work with Challenging Behaviour.
The full gathering joined together in fun sessions of 'Zumba' and the 'Crystal Maze’ team challenges.


Chinwag 2010 was also an opportunity for Ally Hunter, Tutor and Development Worker in Scotland for George Williams College, to introduce the concept of an Argyll training hub to deliver youth work training. This development in the region, is a notion that organising charities Hope 2 Oban and Oban Youth Cafe have at their heart, along with workers from projects in Tarbert and Campbeltown. An initial list of 13 Chinwag attendees noted their interest in this type of opportunity, where areas such as Argyll would look towards growing their own qualified youth workers in the future.


- 35 Participants 6 Workshop Hosts

“Awesome”  “Really good fun” “Brilliant!! Had a great time”

“Overnight best” “Workshops on Sunday would be good.”

“Great networking – let’s keep in touch!”

“Brill and a good laugh”  “Overnight course – great!”

“Fantastic weekend – would love to do it all again. X”

“Great food, amazing, friendly and flexible staff at Kilbowie.”

“Thank you  for inviting me.”