Wanted: cameras

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A NEW council initiative is aiming to record photos of the things in life which stop people achieving their full potential.

Community Learning and Development workers based in Ellon will be rolling out the Formartine ‘Camera Amnesty’, which invites participants from disadvantaged backgrounds to record barriers to full participation in society.

Community Planning officer Mark Mitchell told the Times that the exercise was part-consultative, part-educational.

“The idea is that we will be able to use the photographic evidence produced in the project to make improvements to public services. They will let us know what we can do better,” he said. “Partially, the course will also encourage people to learn new skills.”

The project is currently appealing for volunteers to donate their time or their old digital cameras, which will be used by participants.

Community Learning and Development Officer Nicola Twine said: “We’re looking for people with a keen eye for photography, who have time to support a group who are developing their photography skills. We’re also still seeking participants who feel, for whatever reason, that they’re facing barriers to participating in everyday activities.”

If you are able to donate a camera please hand this in to Ellon Community Centre office on Schoolhill Road. If you would like to volunteer with the project, contact Nicola Twine at nicola.twine@aberdeenshire.gov.uk or 01358 721946.