As we step into spring 2022, we reflect on the past and look to the future. Our friends will recall bidding farewell to Jonny Sutherland last summer, as he relocated with his family including Wiston character Barney the dog; and as autumn turned into winter, we welcomed Fiona Hird asContinue reading
Easter holiday activity programme now live!
Bookings are now open for our childrens’ holiday programme! We’ll be running day activities from Monday to Thursday 4-7 and 11-14 April, 9.30am-3.30pm. We often get asked to give programmes a distinct creative flavour and this Easter we’ve decided to get things rolling with a day aimed at all thingsContinue reading
How we brought outdoor education to schools
“With residentials off the table, pupils were missing out on a big opportunity to engage themselves in developmental learning. These experiences are known to have a profoundly positive impact for young people. Taking Wiston on the road seemed like the natural way to re-engage with those who were missing out.Continue reading
Grounds team grows stronger with Community Jobs Scotland
Our two new Community Jobs Scotland Programme grounds staff, Daniel and Struan, have spent the past month settling in. They are gaining new skills all the time, from using leaf blowers to learning how to work the biomass heating system. Grounds co-ordinator Colin Aitken and his son Shaw, who hasContinue reading
Vision to Ensure Residential Outdoor Education for the Future
A conversation has started with the aim of guaranteeing that our young people have the chance to take part in a residential outdoor education experience as part of the curriculum post Covid-19. A group of outdoor education centres and politicians from across Scotland have created a joint vision for theContinue reading
The outdoors – a vital tool in maintaining physical and mental wellbeing
After so long without people here at Wiston, It was great for all of us and in particular me and Alan to re-engage with the various groups during the October break: Seeing in practice all the new Covid safety measures; Hearing the excited voices and cheers as folk achieved great heights on the ropesContinue reading
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.Continue reading
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 visitingContinue reading