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Project information

Improving the Lives of Disadvantaged People

The Trust provides free or heavily subsidised activity holidays for thousands of disadvantaged young people at our restored activity centre on the Isle of Tiree. We also give respite to young and adult carers responsible for family members with mental illness or in end-of-life situations.

June 2017 - October 2017

Charity information: The Hebridean Trust

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  • Need


    The project involves working with young people with various disadvantages, ranging from young carers taking on family responsibilities which deprive them of a childhood, to youngsters with severe physical and learning difficulties, to people with mental health and social problems.


    During their stay the youngsters undergo a combination of challenging physical activities plus creative and self development workshops covering career choices, preparation for work, behaviour and building relationships. Based at our centre, the young people benefit from fully qualified and highly experienced instructors, taking part in activities including kayaking, open sea canoeing, paddle surfing, rock climbing, abseiling and walking.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide free or heavily subsidised activity holidays to disadvantaged people throughout the year


    » We actively promote our centre for holiday accommodation to groups and families. This generates enough income to cover our overheads
    » We then seek additional funding through grants and donations to cover the cost of the project

    What success will look like

    We have been successfully attracting 5 or more groups of disadvantaged young people each year since 2010 and aim to continue this in the future

  • Impact


    The Hynish Centre offers an unrivalled sense of peace, freedom and space. Our holidays are often the only time a carer will get a break from family responsibilities and, likewise, families benefit from respite from the challenges of looking after children with special needs. All visiting groups must provide profiles on each participating person and staff prior to their visit, and send a final report covering the details of the beneficiaries and outcomes of the visit.


    There is a risk that without sufficient funding we will not be able to run these activity holidays. We continue to actively seek funding for the future success of our project


    Feedback and reporting will be by email

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £37,535

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      Amount Heading Description
      £6,650 Setup and Admin running activity visits for identified groups
      £22,395 Accommodation and catering full board accommodation at Alan Stevenson House
      £2,271 Activities wide range of physical and creative activities
      £6,219 travel air/ferry/car hire/travel insurance

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Batchworth Trust £10,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Alan Stevenson House provides fully modernised and wheelchair accessible accommodation for groups up to 20. The location and facilities of our centre provide an unrivalled sense of freedom and space on the other-worldly Hebridean island of Tiree.


    - 13-18 year olds providing care to parents and/or siblings with physical or mental disabilities.
    - 13-18 year olds affected by mental and physical disability
    - young people with Social, Emotional, and Mental Health Needs
    The current beneficiary groups are from areas of high deprivation throughout the UK and some suffer from poverty, deprivation, abuse & neglect.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Our centre is now in its 25th year of operation. We maintain strong links with community groups, schools and adventure activity instructors. Many groups run pre and post activity programmes as part of their local community based work and this reinforces the value of the time at our centre. Group leaders recommend our centre to their local authorities and local voluntary sector organisations.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Fiona Malcolm

    Our full time warden. She and her staff undergo DBS checks, risk assessments and current health & safety procedure training.

    Group Leaders

    Responsible for organising the groups of young people and monitoring their experiences at the centre.