It has been a busy week as I was just back from a wet Skye and on the Monday morning I was on my travels to Baddagusih at Glenmore in the Cairngorms to help a local charity Outfitmoray who I am the patron of. I was helping with a Respite week for 11 children. Myself and a pal from my Catering Days Bernie Foran my old boss were cooking for the kids. It was long day up at 0630 and ending by 2000 if you were lucky.
Respite week with Outfitmoray
Outfit Moray offer holiday and respite breaks for vulnerable and disadvantaged children from across Moray. This initiative provides a week’s holiday break for children and young people who would otherwise not get a break in that year and in particular children who live in poverty, are young carers or who have recently lost a parent.
Current statistics indicate that 1 in 5 children in Scotland live in poverty. In Moray 18.2% of children and young people live in poverty with the figure rising to over 22% in Elgin, Forres and Buckie. In a recent national survey carried out by The Princes Trust and Macquarie, 22% of young people living in poverty believe that no-one cares about them, 26% have never trusted anyone and for 21% no-one has ever said ‘I love you’. This latter figure rises to 54% in young people who have no role model.
Outfit’s holiday breaks are designed to inspire new confidence and give children the chance to have fun, try new things, get involved in outdoor learning, be creative and form positive childhood memories. These holidays will be provided in a residential context with one adult mentor supporting two children throughout the week.
If you work with children on a professional, or voluntary basis, and know of a child who could benefit from one of our holiday and respite breaks then please complete our Referral Form and return it to our Programme Team. If successful, the child’s parent or guardian will then be required to complete a Consent and Medical Form.
Outfit Moray’s holiday and respite breaks wouldn’t be possible without a dedicated team of volunteers, and we’re always looking for more people with specific experience and empathy who really want to make a difference to young lives. If you think you are a positive role model, and you’d like to offer your help with one of our breaks, then please complete our Volunteer Application Form.
The week was a success and the kids got a lot out of it, they climbed, walked, rafted canoed gorge walk and had lots of fun. They helped lay the tabled, wash up and made there own sandwiches and pizzas on the last day. It was great to see the kids and they all made an impact on us all. It takes a special person to work with these kids especially on a residential week and huge thanks to Chris, Pam, David, Bernie Fiona Bernie and Tony.. Outfitmoray are always looking for donations and volunteers, there is no payment for the volunteers but maybe great Karma. The kids left to Gorge walk at Bridge of Brown and then home. I had hoped to get out on the tops but the gale force wind put me off and went a low level walk before a meeting at Glenmore Lodge that evening. It was a long afternoon and I was very tired a walk would surely wake me up despite the wind I was in the heart of the Cairngorms.