Project information

Young People at Risk

We run an activity centre, where we subsidise the cost of providing visits for disadvantaged young people. The centre was opened by HRH The Princess Royal in May 1991. Since then, we have subsidised use of the facilities by thousands of disadvantaged young people and seek to expand this in 2011.

March 2011 - October 2011

Charity information: The Hebridean Trust

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  • Need


    The project involves working with young people with learning difficulties and social problems to encourage and enable them to return to education, job training and employment. This includes diverting young people away from crime and anti-social behaviour and engaging disaffected young people. Consultation with beneficiary young people and group leaders highlighted a need to consolidate existing community based work through an intensive programme away from the regular environment.


    A combination of challenging physical activities and self development workshops was proposed for the young people to develop their skills, self-respect and sense of social responsibility. 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. Some groups also participate in local community based environmental projects.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    We are seeking to attract more groups of disadvantaged young people.


    » Encourage group leaders to recommend our centre to their local authorities and local voluntary sector organisations.
    » Involve community groups, schools and adventure activity instructors in the planning at the centre.

    Success will be attracting 5 more groups of disadvantaged young people in 2011.

    Aim 2

    Subsidise the cost of the facilities at the centre to groups of disadvantaged young people.


    » Generate sufficient income from the centre to cover our staff costs and overheads
    » Generate sufficient funds to cover repairs and maintenance and to replace worn out capital items, including furniture and equipment.

    Success will be enabling us to use funds received towards providing subsidies to groups of disadvantaged young people.

  • Impact


    Simple questionnaires and feedback will be sought from the young people and group leaders. The Trust will also seek feedback on the numbers of young people who gained a qualification or award, improved their behaviour and attitude, went into further education and returned to education or found a job. Previously, an interesting outcome was a former beneficiary who returned in a management role with a group of disadvantaged young people. Success will be a 50% level of repeat bookings in future.


    There is a risk that one or more of the existing groups of disadvantaged young people may not book for 2011. We have dealt with this risk by working closely with community groups, schools and adventure activity instructors to enable us to seek replacements.


    Feedback and reporting will be by quarterly email, although we are happy to consider any other reporting methods requested.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £30,012

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      Amount Heading Description
      £13,962 running costs catering supplies, heat & light
      £16,050 repairs & maintenance inspection and testing of the electrical wiring installations, replacing beds & equipment
  • Background


    The location and facilities of our centre on the Isle of Tiree provide an unrivalled sense of freedom and space, not addressed elsewhere locally. The isolated location also provides a means of removing distractions. The centre has been designed specifically for groups of disadvantaged young people. Many of the beneficiary young people are given a choice of location and our centre frequently out-votes overseas locations.


    - 13-25 year olds not in education, employment or training
    - 0-25 year olds affected by mental and physical disability, poverty & deprivation and abuse & neglect
    - young people with special educational needs, alcohol problems and a history of drug & solvent abuse
    - young offenders
    The existing beneficiary groups are from areas of high deprivation and minority ethnic communities throughout the UK, including Dundee, Glasgow, Halifax, Liverpool and Livingston.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Our centre is now in its 19th 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.


    Monica Smith

    Monica has been Warden of our centre since it opened in 1991. She is very experienced in running the facility and providing an excellent service.

    Group Leaders

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