The Roses Project
The Roses Charitable Trust (RCT) runs the Roses Project which delivers challenging, personal development outdoor activity courses for groups of marginalised young people. The Project work with young people aged 7-21 years. Our courses, which typically run for 5 days, are available and based at a variety of centre bases in Glencoe and on Mull.
Many of the youngsters come from difficult home environments in areas experiencing acute deprivation and social exclusion. Often these experiences have a knock on effect to their own behaviour, happiness, health and well-being.
The aim of the courses is for the young people to have fun taking part in a range of motivational, challenging activities. These include coasteering, hill walking, camping, canyoning, abseiling, gorge walking and kayaking. The courses nurture personal qualities and life skills, explore life choices whilst spending time away from daily worries.
The aim of the Roses Project is to make a difference to the young people’s lives; increasing their confidence and self-esteem; teaching new skills and developing their employability potential with activities designed to progress their skills. They are offered the opportunity to reflect on their personal needs. They develop working relationships with their own group leaders resulting in increased support when they return to their own communities. Their physical and mental health well-being is enhanced by their engagement in challenging tasks.
The market for courses typically includes:
- Young Carers deprived of their childhood by the responsibilities of caring for family members and in need of a break from their caring role at home. According to figures produced by The Carers Trust there are almost 37,000 carers aged under 25 in Scotland.
- Vulnerable young people offered staged transition of care and support by Social Services enabling them to develop independence and gainful employment. A National Statistics report published in March 2015, reported there were 15,580 children (up to 21 years of age) looked after by local authorities in Scotland (at July 31st 2014).
- Children who have experienced difficulties with the mainstream school curriculum attending special schools designed to enable to develop foundation and technical/enterprise skills.
- Community groups from areas where opportunities are limited or life circumstances challenging for young people. Scottish Government statistics reported 21,000 16-19 year old were Not in Employment, Education or Training in 2014