Residential
Courses

What are the residential courses?

The residential courses typically run for 5 days, based out of one of our hostel venues, either in Glencoe or on Mull. We cook, eat, live and play together for the duration of the course, learning skills and making friends.

The goal of the courses is for the young people to develop whilst having fun by taking part in a range of motivational and challenging activities. These include coasteering, hill walking, canyoning, rock climbing, abseiling, gorge walking, wild swimming and via ferrata, delivered by highly qualified and experienced instructors.

We can accommodate groups of up to 14 young people and two group leaders at our venues. The young people can be aged between 5-26 years, however we recommend that groups are similar ages.

A cook completes our team, providing tasty and healthy home cooked meals, big breakfasts, and delicious treats. We all eat together, using the important meal times to chat about our big adventures from the day! We can cater for dietary requirements, just let us know.

The aim of the residential courses

The aim of the residential courses is to make a positive difference to the young people's lives. Our tailored programme is designed to increase confidence and self-esteem, teach new skills and develop employability potential with activities chosen to progress skills.

The courses nurture personal qualities and life skills, and explore life choices whilst spending time away from daily worries. They encourage working as members of a team in an outdoor based environment fostering mutual respect, compassion and consideration towards others.

Young people are offered the opportunity to reflect on their personal needs. They develop working relationships with their own group leaders resulting in increased support when they return to their own communities. Their physical and mental health well-being is enhanced by their engagement in challenging tasks, which are also used to promote respect, resilience, and self-discipline within the group.

The experience of living and eating together throughout the residential provides the perfect environment to develop social skills and relationships with peers.

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Our venues for residentials

Glencoe Independent Hostel (pictured)

The Independent Hostel is located at the base of the Pap of Glencoe, and only a stone’s throw away from the shore of Loch Leven. It comfortably sleeps up to 24 people in four bedrooms, with a homely lounge for socialising in the evening. Groups have sole use of the hostel including the living areas and kitchen. In addition, they will have access to the excellent drying room.

Arle Lodge

Arle Lodge is situated on the beautiful Isle of Mull off the West Coast of Scotland. A 45-minute ferry journey from Oban takes you to the island, full of mountains, forest and gorgeous sandy beaches. The lodge is half way between Salen and Tobermory with views across the Sound of Mull. It accommodates up to 22 people, with a spacious living area and kitchen, as well as access to the drying room.

Who can benefit from a residential course?

Young Carers whose childhoods are impacted by the responsibilities of caring for family members and in need of a break from their caring role at home. According to ‘Carers Scotland’ there are an estimated 29,000 young carers under the age of 16 in Scotland, which is 4% of the under 16 population. ‘Young Scot’ states that there are 49,000 young carers aged 16-24 in Scotland with over 7,000 young people providing 35+ hours a week of care to someone.

Community or youth groups working in areas where opportunities are limited and/or life circumstances challenging for young people. According to Public Health Scotland “Young people encountering poverty and living in the most deprived areas of Scotland experience significantly worse health outcomes than those living in the least deprived areas.”

Vulnerable young people offered staged transition of care and support by Social Services enabling them to develop independence and gainful employment. At 31st July 2018, an estimated 16,751 children in Scotland were looked after or on the child protection register.

Children and young people who have experienced difficulties with the mainstream school curriculum. Scottish Govt. data reports 14,990 cases of exclusion in 2018/19

Residential costs

The starting price for a standard 5 day residential course is £6,000 per group. This price includes two highly qualified and experienced instructors, accommodation, all food and catering, any specialist equipment or clothing, office support and insurance cover.

Find out about potential partial or full funding opportunities by contacting us.

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