This week, a group of local young people got involved with the CalMac Community Fund as members of their Youth Panel.

The Panel worked with Gordon McKillop from CalMac and CnES Community Learning and Development to review applications to the company's Community Fund, which supports projects for children and young people living in west coast communities served by CalMac.

Groups applied for awards of between £500 and £2000 to fund a wide variety of projects across the islands. The Youth Panel is one part of the process of reviewing and awarding the fund, making sure that applications meet the needs of island young people.

Previous awards from the CalMac Community Fund have gone to the Western Isles Foyer Food for Thought project, Lewis and Harris Women's Football Association and to Comunn Eachdraidh Nis (CEN) in support of their Comunn Eachdraidh Youth Café.

These projects have benefitted many young islanders and CalMac aims to continue this support with the 2020 round of funding, in no small part thanks to the energy and insight of the Youth Panel, says CnES.