Welcome to Wiston Lodge

Wiston Lodge provides physical, mental and spiritual challenge in a safe and sheltered residential environment for all users, but especially young people who are vulnerable and at risk;  enabling the development of respect for oneself, others and for the environment and encouraging lifestyles which are simple, nonviolent and free from destructive dependencies. Wiston Lodge is a charity, housed in a former Victorian Hunting Lodge built in the 1850s. We are located near Lanark in Scotland, an hour from both Glasgow and Edinburgh and 10 minutes from the M74 (J13).

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Community Jobs Scotland Positions

We are currently advertising for 2 Community Jobs Scotland positions – a Centre Assistant and Grounds Assistant. We have been very pleased to recruit several young people over the past few years through the CJS scheme and all have gone on to positive outcomes – either staying on here at the lodge or moving on to other employment. These positions are now for 1 year and would be perfect for a young person who is interested in Outdoor education or grounds/estate management. To apply for a CJS position you must meet the following criteria. Currently be an unemployed vulnerable 16-29

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Volunteer Friendly Award

On Tuesday 6th June, our Volunteering Support Worker Wendy along with youth volunteer Aaron Ramage and general volunteer Helen Cromar attended the VASLAN Volunteering Awards at Hamilton Racecourse. We were honoured to receive the renewal of our Volunteering Friendly award, the first renewal of the award in South Lanarkshire. Volunteers play an important role here at Wiston, supporting our core staff day-to-day and bringing diversity and new cultures from across the world and sharing these with vulnerable groups we welcome every day. Huge thanks to our long-term volunteers Helene Lanis and Eva Petrova for all the work they did on

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Summer Holiday Programme Bookings Live!

Bookings are now OPEN for our exciting & popular programme of summer outdoor activities for children and young people! Bumble Bees (5 – 7 yrs) Otters (8 – 12 yrs) Wolves (13 – 15 yrs) Programme runs from Monday 10th July to Friday 4th August, Monday to Fridays. 09:30 – 15:30 Standard Day Bolt on Early Bird Breakfast Club (from 08:30) or Late Stay (til 16:30) available as required. Overnight Camp Information 2017 for Thursday 27th July. Very popular! Book a day, a week or more! £30 per day £135 for 5-day week-long deal! Breakfast Club / Late Stay @

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Path of the Little People

Work on our BBC Children in Need funded ‘Path of the Little People‘ is now in full swing! Over the last couple of weeks, we have welcomed the first groups of young path volunteers. Pupils from Additional Support Units at Kear Campus, Chatelherault Primary and Cathkin Primary Schools, as well as a group of young adults from Dundee’s Rock Solid Youth Group, all had great fun getting stuck in with digging and exploring the grounds.           These day visits will be continuing into April, and we’re on the look out for more groups to come throughout

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Award from Tesco

Tesco Bags of Help – Winners!

If you’re fairly local to Wiston Lodge, you may have seen that in February we were shortlisted for the supermarket store Tesco’s ‘Bags of Help’ programme, alongside other local charities across the south west of Scotland. Thanks to everyone who dropped their tokens in the Wiston Lodge box at the checkout! We are delighted to announce that we were the leading charity and have been awarded a grand total of £2,100! This will be put towards new protective equipment to keep our visiting groups safe and warm whilst working on the Path of the Little People and future groups whilst

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Donate to our Projects

This year we’re starting our fundraising to develop many of our facilities. One of the things that we’ll be upgrading is our shower block. As the image shows, being at Wiston Lodge means you often get muddy and hot showers are essential. Please help us by donating to our ongoing work to raise funds.

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Become a Friend of Wiston Lodge

Since our charity started in 2007, we’ve been grateful to receive the help and support of many who have dedicated themselves to our cause.  Now more than ever, with austerity creating an even worse landscape for many of our guests, your help would be much appreciated. If you are able to donate money on a regular basis, that would be fantastic, but we also need skills to supplement our staff team. Your knowledge of business or marketing could be very helpful, or your enthusiasm and energy could help support our staff and volunteers. Friends of Wiston Lodge receive regular updates

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Volunteer

Over the years we have welcomed volunteers from around the world who help us achieve our mutual aims by maximising the use of their own skills.  We are a friendly and supportive staff team, some of whom live in the Lodge and in the cottages on the Estate. If you’d like to find out more about volunteering opportunities with Wiston Lodge, please email volunteering@wistonlodge.co.uk, telling us a little about yourself and the kind of skills you could bring. If you are a member of HelpX, you can view our HelpX listing.

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