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on 23/08/15

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From trapeze to trail: ScotsCare kids learn new skills on adventure holiday

On Wednesday 5th August, ScotsCare left with ten young people on a three night adventure holiday in East Sussex. The youngsters, who are children of ScotsCare clients, enjoyed the three night activity trip at a PGL centre by partaking in various skill-building activities from climbing, canoeing to abseiling. Leaving by coach from ScotsCare HQ, the […]

From trapeze to trail: ScotsCare kids learn new skills on adventure holiday

Posted in Events, ScotsCare news, Volunteers on 23/08/15

On Wednesday 5th August, ScotsCare left with ten young people on a three night adventure holiday in East Sussex. The youngsters, who are children of ScotsCare clients, enjoyed the three night activity trip at a PGL centre by partaking in various skill-building activities from climbing, canoeing to abseiling.

11850661_10153184203923440_6011895030744125736_o (1)Leaving by coach from ScotsCare HQ, the youngsters, aged 9-12 years old, waved goodbye to their parents and siblings, and were driven to the leafy surroundings of Windmill Hill activity centre. For many of the young people it was the first time they had been away from home and their families, which was a daunting experience for some at first, but with the encouragement of ScotsCare staff, volunteers and specially trained PGL staff they were quickly firing bullseyes on the archery ground and zipping through the air on the trapeze.

The PGL activity company, often humorously referred to as ‘Parents Get Lost’ due to their popularity with schools and youth groups, allow young people to experience new things and take part in activities that focus on problem-solving and teamwork skills that build confidence levels and promote a sense of achievement.

One parent, Christine MacKeller*, spoke of how trips like these are crucial to families’ with low incomes:

“This trip gave my daughter the opportunity to experience something she would never be able to normally. I have three children and it is impossible to afford holidays or activities for my family on my income. I am very appreciative to ScotsCare and thankful that my daughter was able to do something different and exciting.”

abseilingbestIsabel Dunlop, Client Support Manager and organiser of the PGL adventure trip, says:

“The kids always have a great time on the activity holidays. The activities are designed to encourage teamwork and their self-esteem. Over the couple of days watching them grow in strength is amazing. When they achieve what they thought was impossible, they are filled with confidence which seems to develop over the days in all areas of their personality. Parents have told me they have seen changes in their children, which makes the whole experience very rewarding for the whole team.”

*Some names have been changed