Path of the Little People

BBC Children in Need and Big Lottery have funded a unique ASN resource in Clydesdale

Since January 2017, over 700 local children and young people have created an expansive 800m interpretive trail known as the ‘Path of the Little People’.

We wanted to create a space designed by and for children with additional support needs (ASN), with a particular focus on engaging children with autism spectrum disorder.

We are very proud to say that the children and young people have been involved in all aspects of the project from design through to construction.

“I’ve never see them (the young people) talking and encouraging this much before!”

– ASN Teacher, Lanark Grammar School

What has Been Created?

We wanted to include themes of nature, history, music and renewable energy; which we could link into the Curriculum for Excellence. Stories of the ‘Little People or Wee Folk’ of the forest will lead the children through the themes and is the thread that ties all the elements together.

These themes have led to us building adjoining structures, including a Viking Ship, 11 outdoor musical instruments, a working Trebuchet, an auditorium, bug hotels and fairy houses. Over 40 different groups have contributed to the construction of the project… with the whole path dug by hand!

How to Access the Project

We are on the home straight and due to have the final structures completed by Spring. Once the ‘build stage’ is complete, we will be focusing on outreach in the community, spreading the word about our new child-led ASN resource at Wiston Lodge.

Project Coordinator Sarah Wyper can offer complementary activity days on the project to new ASN groups and schools.

Do you know a group who would like to help create a magical trail in the woods?

Sarah can create bespoke activity packages for each group using Wiston Lodge’s core skills of communication, team-building, problem-solving, reliability, adaptability and trainability.

The potential for activities are endless…Viking shield making, historical re-enactment, musical magic, insect detectives, treasure quests and much much more.

“P would like to be the Path Manager so he can keep an eye on the safety of his team. He liked that he didn’t have to do the lifting of the branches and sticks but could still be part of the team.”

– ASN Teacher, Chatelherault Primary School

Project Launch

Sarah, will be organising a project launch event once the build stage is completed. Not long now!! BBC Children in Need and the various groups who have supported the project throughout 2017/18 will all be invited. This will be an opportunity to highlight the hard work of the groups and celebrate the completion of our unique project. Details to follow soon!!

We are always looking for groups to engage in the project. If you would like to know more about the activities we can offer from our new resource please contact Sarah Wyper, Project Coordinator on 01899 850 228 or use the contact form at the bottom of the page and we will be in touch.

“Both the team and I agree that the activities were very well organised, adaptable and met the needs of our pupils. We found that the outdoor learning experiences allowed our youngsters to socialise in a different environment and helped them develop confidence. It was a delight to see the pupils so comfortable in the company of the Wiston staff. It was very unusual or one of the boys to interact with people he was unfamiliar with – however he took to you guys and the experience ‘like a duck to water’ and really flourished.”

– ASN Teacher, Ogilvie School Campus