October Holiday Programme 2017

Now that the Summer break is but a distant memory, it’s time to look towards the next holidays in October! This years Autumn holiday programme will run from 16th – 20th October. As in previous years, we try and run with a theme for the week, this year it’s Witches and Wizards! So join us and make your own broomstick, before using it in a match of Quidditch and taking part in the Wizards Apprentice tournament! Craft your own unique wand and use it to cast spells and find the dragon eggs. Other activities include archery, high and low ropes

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Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Pilot Scheme Funding Awarded from Awards for All and Big Lottery

Wiston Lodge has just received a £9851 grant from the Big Lottery Fund through its Awards for All funding programme. The funding will allow us to launch a timely, collaborative project, “Going for Gold!” with the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) and regional secondary schools’ Additional Support Needs (ASN) units. The project will empower participants to work towards attaining their DofE Bronze Award while improving their outdoor survival skills and personal, social and emotional development skills. Under this programme’s auspices, Wiston Lodge will organise four five-day courses in 2017 and 2018, with scheduled activities taking place at Wiston and in

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Path to Success: A Resource for All

Inclusivity of all children and young people is an approach Wiston Lodge adopts in all aspects of its centre development. Our key project ‘Path of the Little People’ is representative of this ethos. Our aim on the project is to provide a platform for children and young people with additional support needs (ASN) to use their imaginations, express ideas and develop creativity. ‘Path of the Little People’ brings the classroom outdoors. Outdoor education that focuses on building creative learning spaces, encouraging free play and supporting children to assess risk is what we are all about. We recognised that to build

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Community Jobs Scotland Positions – Update: Positions Filled!

Welcome to our 4 new Community Jobs Scotland new-starts who joined us on year long job placements to help them get their foot into the world of work. They’re all a little camera shy, but Allison Rankin joins us as Centre Assistant, primarily helping Outdoor development worker Pete with visiting groups. Victoria Borthwick joins the hospitality team, with her time split between the kitchen, housekeeping and welcoming guests. And finally Thomas Moss and Connor Reilly join Micah’s team as grounds assistants. They have all settled into their roles brilliantly, and we’re looking forward to helping them gain the skills and

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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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