The Roses Charitable Trust raises funds to enable disadvantaged young people

The Roses Charitable Trust (RCT) raises funds to enable disadvantaged young people to benefit from potentially life changing outdoor experiences and personal development courses

The Roses Project (run by the Roses Charitable Trust, RCT), in conjunction with the wholly owned subsidiary trading company Hebridean Pursuits Ltd., provides challenging, residential outdoor activity based, educational programmes on the west coast of Scotland for young people from across the UK.

The courses help to develop qualities and skills promoting self-respect, self-discipline and confidence. The Trust supports vulnerable young people between the ages of 6-26 allowing them to learn about themselves and their potential away from the challenges of their everyday lives.

Many of the young people with whom RCT works come from deprived areas and have very difficult home lives, with little opportunity for respite or access to the benefits of outdoor activity. Often this has a knock on effect to their confidence, behaviour and belief in themselves, all of which impacts on their mental health and well being. Others may be from home environments where they have caring responsibilities with very little time for respite from daily routines resulting in social isolation from their peers and a lack of confidence. The courses increase resilience, confidence, independence and respect and allow the young people to develop social skills whilst also learning the importance of working with others and within boundaries.

The activities respond to the interests and talents of each young person so they complete the course having attained a certain level of achievement and positive reinforcement. Activities include coasteering, hill walking, camping, canyoning, abseiling, gorge walking and kayaking as well as giving time and space to reflect and explore life choices.

Courses usually run from Monday to Friday from our new venues, Glencoe Independent Hostel in the Highlands and Arle Lodge on Mull , but can be adapted to group requirements.

RCT works closely with many organisations including Care Centre networks, LGBT Youth Scotland, Social Work, Shared Care Scotland, Community Groups and Schools. The Trust is an active member of the local Health and Well Being Partnership and works closely with the Lorn Healthy Options Group.

RCT organises each group session for the participants by engaging in discussion with group leaders to suit thespecific needs of those attending. Our courses are delivered in a safe and homely venue by a very highly qualified team of instructors supported by an in-house cook serving nutritious, wholesome meals.

RCT raises funds through grants and benefactor donations plus contributions made by groups attending the courses.

Thanks to the generous financial support of our benefactors, 2017 was another successful year with a total of 14 courses run. 11 of these were at Tavool House, two were based in Glencoe and the remaining group (Lorn Healthy Options) did 3 days of activities around the Oban area. Eleven groups were from Scotland. The remaining three came from a Tyneside school, Himmat in West York-shire and Shrewsbury House, Liverpool. The Project worked with 143 young people in total, between the ages of 6 – 21 years. This included young people with additional support needs, young carers, an LGBT group and youth/community groups.

The organisations attending from Scotland were Haldane Youth Services, Oban Boys’ Brigade, Camp & Trek, Edinburgh Young Carers, LGBT Youth Scotland, Campbeltown High School, Oban High School, Lambhill Stables, Dunedin School.

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