News 21 Sep 2020

Supporting #SaveYourOutdoorCentre Twitter Campaign

Children 1st and Scouts are promoting an online campaign calling on the Scottish Government to help outdoor activity centres across Scotland.
There is a serious risk that due to the Covid-19 pandemic, without financial support some centres could collapse or close.

The online Twitter campaign #SaveYourOutdoorCentre urges people and services/organisations to share their online petition calling on the Scottish Government to urgently support these vital outdoor centres.

Dundee Carers Centre use outdoor activity centres to provide much-needed respite to carers that they support.

Last October Dundee Carers Centre took a group of young carers on a residential to Glen Coe, partly funded through Hebridean Pursuits “Roses Project” and last summer another residential was organised on a trip to Loch Eil, partly funded through Outward Bound.

Young carers that attended thoroughly enjoyed themselves and had this to say about their short break:

Before I came on the residential I was feeling low about myself because of all the things going on at home. I think it was the activities that helped to break the ice at the end it was not awkward and I was speaking to everyone.

I’m glad that I face my fears of heights and water as I did the high ropes and the loch jump

It was so good getting away from my caring role as I felt like I could be myself and didn’t have to worry as much.

When I got asked to go away for the week I was excited but scared. I didn’t really want to leave my mum because I always worry about her. I feel like I have made really good friendships and I hope the friendships carry on after this week.

This getaway has made me appreciate myself more and help my confidence. This helped me get a well-deserved break from my caring role and gave me a chance to breathe and be a teenager

What can you do?

Join the campaign today by following #SaveYourOutdoorCentre Twitter page and signing the online petition.

Visited an Outdoor Centre recently?  Why not post about your experience with the hashtag #SaveYourOutdoorCentre and #nevermoreneeded or simply retweet us as we campaign throughout next week.