Project information

Skiing on Real Snow!

Travelling with autistic children to a country with guaranteed snow. Up until now we have only used artificial surfaces and would like funding to help a group of children travel to Austria with the organisation who specialise in working with cognitive and learning disabilities.

February 2013 - February 2013

Charity information

Kaimes Special School Association

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  • Need


    Our inability for the children to experience skiing in Alpine conditions. Due to the unpredictable nature of the Scottish winter/ ski season.


    The trip will give the children the opportunity to ski on real snow and to test their blossoming ski ability as well as travelling to a foreign country where their language and communication skills will also be tested.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Travel to Austria to alpine ski.


    » Using a selected organisation skilled at working with children with additional support needs, Skiing4all, will help us achieve this.

    Success will be...the continued skiing when we return home which will hopefully be at a higher and skilled level than previously.

    Aim 2

    Experience different languages and cultures through communication.


    » Travelling to Austria will already enhance the German language studies they are currently studying.

    Success will be...improved communication and language skills which is the main problem that faces children on the autistic spectrum.

  • Impact


    Increased level of confidence and communication of their personal needs as well as an enhanced fitness level. Also a healthier approach to outdoor activities and outdoor learning.


    The main risk is lack of finance to fund the project. We have funding for extra-curricular skiing and the training of our staff as volunteer instructors. However, due to the demographics and areas of social deprivation which a great deal of our children reside in, this provide us with a real hurdle to cross.


    We always photograph/ video our students as a fun way of showing them progress and as a record of achievement. This with a written report on the project is commonplace with our organisation and will continue to do so.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £9,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,200 Flights Return flights to Munich
      £500 Transfers Munich to Zell-am-zee
      £7,300 Ski & Stay Cost of accommodation, lift, pass, tuition
  • Background


    The location of the project is in Edinburgh for dry slope skiing. We wish to transfer that to Austria for under one week to enhance the whole experience.


    Ultimately the children, their families and the school through their increased awareness, confidence and fitness.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We work as an integral part of the school as teachers and parents together. Not only do we work closely within the school but also after school and at camp as well as at extra curricular activities eg. skiing.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Gordon Anderson - Secretary & Ski Leader/ Instructor

    Gordon is one of the founders of the KSSA and an integral part of our organisation. He is our Outdoor Education Teacher and KSSA Secretary.

    Lawrence Tierney - Convenor & Ski Leader/ Instructor

    The role of organising the day-to-day running of the charity and being one of representatives when liaising with parents/ pupils.

    Graeme Duncan - Treasurer

    Graeme works tirelessly with our demands for cash for various projects and liaises with banks and accountants.