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Update from the Outward Bound Trust

In September 2017, The Jo Walters Trust gave a donation of £5,220 to The Outward Bound Trust. This enabled five young people from Girvan Youth Trust – an organisation that aims to engage with local young people with a view to supporting them to make positive and healthy life choices – to attend a three-day Outward Bound course at our Loch Eil centre from 23rd – 25th July 2018. Girvan is an isolated rural community in South Ayrshire and is in the 10% most deprived communities in Scotland.


During their course, they had the opportunity to develop their confidence, self- awareness, resilience, problem-solving and team working skills.

The Outward Bound Trust have provided us with an update describing how the funding was put to use.  You can download a copy of it here.

A gallery of photographs from their activities is shown below.


Some of the comments from individuals in the group are below (note names have been changed): 

  • “I really enjoyed the gorge walking as I have never done anything like it before and it really
    pushed me outside of my comfort zone.” Briony, 14
  • “I learnt that not everything is as easy as we want and that we have to fight against it to
    get where we want.” Natasha, 15
  • “One of my challenges was taking a step back from trying to lead and listening more. I gave
    myself space and thought about what I was doing. I learnt the importance of working
    together and what listening to others can do.” Nathan, 18
  • “I learnt that it was easier to do something with other people encouraging you and
    supporting you.” Briony, 14
  • “My biggest challenge was helping others. When I got ahead a bit, I’d wait and lend a hand
    to others and I felt proud. I learned how to contain my inner chimp and to listen to others.”
    Tina, 15

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