Oban Youth Café: who we are

Oban Youth Café management  ::  staff  ::  volunteers

James Beaton

Position held in Youth Caf?

Chairperson

Favourite soup

Tough one, has to be home-made, probably between chicken soup and lentil.

Favourite quote

Hospitality is the art of making someone feel at home when you wish they were!

Previous work experience

Hospital porter, labourer on building site, clerical worker at oil industry fabrication yard, librarian, managing editor of publishing company, minister (for last 20 years).

Qualifications

BA Edinburgh Uni., Robert Gordon's, Aberdeen - Post-grad. Diploma, Free Church College, Edinburgh - Diploma in Theology.

Hobbies and interests

Most sports (except cricket), reading, music.

Why you like being involved in the Youth Caf?

I feel the whole project is very worthwhile in trying to provide some alternatives for young folk. Have been involved in youth work for a while now so felt Youth Caf? was something I could be involved in.

 

Iain Jackson

Position held in Youth Caf?

Treasurer

Favourite soup

minestrone

Favourite quote

JFDI (just flipping do it)

Previous work experience

Strathclyde Police, Partick Thistle football player, Restaurateur, Lawyer, among others milkman

Qualifications

HND Business Studies, LLB

Hobbies and interests

Football football football and more football (manager Oban Saints FC)

Why you like being involved in the Youth Caf?

Helping make a difference, seeing achievements beyond expectations

 

Fiona Rowan

Position held in Youth Caf?

Director, Secretary, Volunteer

Favourite soup

Home made lentil with loads of cream; but any soup is a sudden favorite when hungry, cold and wet, or in good company, except pigs bladder soup!

Favourite quote

Previous work experience:

Nursing in community, hospital and overseas... currently bank staff nurse in A & E, and outpatients. Previously chambermaid, waitress, barmaid, volunteer firefighter, crew on fishing boat, expedition medic, and sailing as 1st mate.

Qualifications:

Registered General Nurse, Specialist Community Public Health Nurse: Schools, Diploma in Tropical Nursing, BSc Nursing Studies, RYA Day Skipper.

Hobbies and interests

Sailing, percussion, hillwalking, reading, kayaking, self sufficiency.

Why you like being involved in the Youth Caf?

10 years ago a group of young people said something along the lines of

 

Richard Wilson

Position held in Youth Caf?

Management committee member

Favourite soup

Stone soup. Place a clean stone in boiling water and it will make a delicious soup. If you add vegetables and stock it gets even better.

Favourite quote

My favourite quote is the last line from Some Like it Hot.

Previous work experience:

My first job was in an American diner on Sauchiehall St, Glasgow, as a kitchen porter. I have worked as a doctor in Glasgow, Tanzania and the Western Isles. I am currently a GP at Lorn Medical Centre, Oban.

Qualifications:

I qualified as a doctor in 1982.

Hobbies and interests

I love the wilderness and the things I can do in it.

Why you like being involved in the Youth Caf?

I am involved with the Youth Caf? because it does something important. It gives young people a chance for a fulfilling future, rather than one filled with foreboding.

 

Mike Clifford

Position held in Youth Caf?

management committee member & volunteer youth worker

Favourite soup

Carrot and coriander

Favourite quote

If it was easy everyone would be doing it

Previous work experience

My background is Outdoor Activities so whilst not studying or working, most of this time with young people has been spent on expeditions and trips in Europe and the UK. I worked for Outward Bound Scotland in Fort William where the focus of work moved away from the activities themselves and became more about encouraging personal and social development in the young people I was working with. I joined the Fire and Rescue Service four and a half years ago and moved to Oban. I have been volunteering with the Youth Caf? ever since. I still do Outdoor activities with young people and adults, in and around Argyll.

Qualifications:

I am a qualified to coach and guide: White Water Rafting; Sea and River Kayaking; Canyoning; Coasteering; Rock climbing and summer and Winter Mountaineering.

Hobbies and interests

I love being out and about and active. I love Skiing, Mountain biking, surfing and Canyoning. I try to swim and run as well to keep me fit enough to do the things I love. When I'm not active I like taking it easy; Reading books, listening to music and hanging out with my dog, friends and family.

Why you like being involved in the Youth Caf?

I am genuinely interested in how different people develop personally and socially. It is nice to be involved in something where I can see this happening and hopefully be an influence in a positive way. I feel that the Youth Caf? is a massively important resource for Oban's young people and the town itself.

 

Donald MacAskill

Position held in Youth Caf?

Management committee member

Favourite soup

It's got to be Heinz Cream of Tomato (and dare I say it cormorant soup - it was a favourite during my youth in Uist but I have not tasted this for a while.)

Favourite quote

There is quite a few - Winston Churchill had a few classics I like. Then there is Henry Ford's

Previous work experience:

Hotel Barman (great memories - meeting so many people from all walks of life), Sea weed factory worker, labouring on building sites, architectural trainee draughtsman - all of these were during more carefree student days. On graduating, I trained and worked for a total of four years as a building surveyor in Glasgow and mainly London, and on becoming Chartered, worked as a Valuation Surveyor in NE England, Edinburgh. Now working for Morham & Brotchie Chartered Quantity Surveyors and Valuers based in Bonny Oban, and previously for The National Trust for Scotland as area surveyor for Argyll, Lochaber and the Western Isles also based in Oban. This included maintenance and conservation of listed buildings and scheduled monument structures on St Kilda which was most interesting - I am a member of the St Kilda Club.

Qualifications:

Member of Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors(MRICS), Diploma in Building Surveying (Dip BS), Member of Association of Building Engineers (MB Eng)

Hobbies and interests

I love football (spectator nowadays - but played for School at all levels, Paisley Wanderers & North Uist in the past) most sports , loch and sea fishing, reading, Highlands and Islands history, Gaelic language and poetry, I like cooking the occasional homemade curry as well whilst sipping a glass of wine, walking (although I need to do more), travelling at home and abroad and seeing new places and peoples is a favourite. I played against Glasgow Rangers F.C in a friendly football match in 1984.

Why you like being involved in the Youth Caf?

I initially got involved with helping out with some building related matters for the current premises. Simply a great group of people and youth doing a fantastic job for Oban. All the hard work is done by the fantastic and busy staff and the guidance of the key directors.

 
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