Targeted programmes

BIKING NORTH

A year long development programme for up to 6 care experienced (S3-S4) young people. Meeting on a weekly basis, using biking and the outdoors as a vehicle to develop transferable life skills including responsibility, cooperation, resilience etc.  Enable participants to learn a new skill of cycling/ mountain biking and to develop the skills to become proficient enough to complete a 5 day self-supported expedition through the highlands of Scotland. This will not only include having to look after themselves, but maintain the bikes as well. A focus on Health & Wellbeing throughout the programme and opportunities for awards and certification. The ratio is 6 children to 2 staff.


ADVENTURE ON

A long term development programme for up to 6 care experienced (P5-P7) young people. Meeting on a weekly basis, using outdoor adventure sports as an approach to develop transferable life skills including responsibility, cooperation, resilience.

Participants will develop technical skills from a range of activities including cycling / paddlesports / bushcraft / climbing. The programme will conclude with a multi-day self supported expedition. The activities will be tailored toward the groups interests and strengths. The young people will be heavily involved in the design and direction of this challenging and exciting programme. A focus on Health & Wellbeing will lead to opportunities for awards and certification. Two Outdoor Learning Staff will work with the group throughout the whole programme helping to build and maintain positive relationships.

ADVENTURE EAST LOTHIAN

A 15 week development programme for up to 6 young people. Meeting on a weekly basis. The course uses outdoor activities to raise attainment through recognition of wider learning and achievement, development of positive social interactions and an imcreased awareness of the opportunities available in East Lothian. 

There is a strong focus on Health & Wellbeing throughout the programme and opportunities for awards and certification. The activities include walking, cycling, watersports, climbing and bushcraft. These are planned and chosen by the young people after discussing the weather on the day. 

Our young people come to us through referrals by high schools, care and children’s services and youth workers. If you are working with a young person who would benefit from these sort of intervention programmes please contact East Lothian Outdoor Learning to enquire about future opportunities.


Feedback:

‘We can see that he clearly loves going to the group. He comes back smiling and chattier than usual. He loves the different outdoor activities!! The fact that it is a small group and an adult is present makes it manageable for him. This has helped him to rebuild a bit of his confidence and he has made some friendships. It has been an absolute Godsend.’

 – Quote from an East Lothian High School Parent