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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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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