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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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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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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Path of the Little People

BBC Children in Need has funded the creation of an exciting new interpretive trail at Wiston Lodge, the “Path of the Little People,” as well as the purchase of associated play, educational and musical items for the trail. The trail, which emphasizes environmental, folkloric, historical and musical themes, will have numerous associated play, educational and musical items for children’s enjoyment and education. Visiting children in need, including kids on the autistic spectrum and at-risk youth, will benefit from this ambitious and timely project, of which there are two main components: first, a short-term experiential learning component, when participants build the

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University Students Transform Caravan

“Wiston Wanderer”, one of Several Projects Planned along Charity’s Future Interpretive Trail for Disadvantaged Youngsters. Two University of Strathclyde architecture students from Glasgow, Fiona MacGregor and Clare Paton, have completely converted a tired caravan at Wiston Lodge into a beautifully designed outdoor education classroom for local children in need. The impressive task, which was undertaken by the duo as a joint Masters Thesis project, will become an important component of an interpretive trail that Wiston Lodge is designing for its young visitors.  The caravan, dubbed the “Wiston Wanderer” by the classroom’s architects, will be used by many of the children

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Woodland Trust

Wiston Lodge and Woodland Trust join together in local woodland improvement

Several groups of thirty volunteers and staff met in the snow, rain and wind to plant trees donated by the Woodland Trust Scotland. Young People Brave the Elements to Learn New Work Skills and Protect the Environment.  During the weeks of March 9-13th and March 16-20th 2015, several groups of thirty volunteers and staff gathered together in the snow, rain and wind to plant trees donated to Wiston Lodge by the charity, the Woodland Trust Scotland. Wiston Lodge had recently received a free tree pack containing 420 trees and shrubs from the Woodland Trust to further enhance native woodland management efforts

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