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March

Scot Seat Group continue their support for The Outward Bound Trust

You may remember in January 2016, Scot Seat Group founder Alex Young, and Managing Director Jonathan Young participated in Rallye Monte-Carlo Historique from Scotland to Monte-Carlo. The cause that they were highlighting and raising money for was the Outward Bound Trust, a charity that they have supported for 6 years.  The Outward Bound Trust recently gave us some feedback on the people that have been helped because of Scot Seats involvement.

The Outward Bound Trust is an educational charity that uses the outdoors to develop young people from all walks of life. Through the generosity of their donors, The Trust is able to run challenging outdoor learning programmes that equip young people with valuable skills for education, work and life. The Trust was founded in 1941 and today operates 6 centres across the UK; their Scottish Centre is located at Loch Eil, near Fort William.

Scotland’s Next Generation

Scot Seats are long-standing supporters of Scotland’s Next Generation (SNG), one of The Trust’s flagship projects in Scotland. 

SNG project each year funds 25 to 35 young Scots to complete the Skills for Life Award at Loch Eil. The Award is a 19-day outdoor summer course designed to prepare young people aged 15-18 for life beyond school.  Through challenging activities, expeditions and personal coaching sessions, the course develops confidence, self-belief, the ability to bounce back from setbacks and resilience.  Individuals learn to work as a team, communicate effectively, self-manage and lead others.    

Completing the Award is often life-changing for SNG participants who face multiple barriers in life.  They realize that they have the potential to achieve much more than they ever thought possible. Upon completion of the Award, all SNG participants send letters to their sponsors, moving testimonials on the impact the project and the course had on them.

In 2016, Scot Seats fundraised to allow 6 young people to take part in Scotland’s Next Generation. Below some extracts from the thank-you letters:

I cannot thank you enough for sponsoring me and giving me the opportunity of a lifetime. The course was by far the best nineteen days of my life and that was because of you. You dear sponsor, sponsored some random person you knew nothing about and honestly I can not find the words to describe how grateful I am. (Participant)

I’d like to thank the sponsors who made this Outward Bound [course] possible.   There are major positive differences in [the participant]; he has gained so much confidence and self-belief it is amazing in such a short time (I’ve been trying for 10 years!).  He has had two interviews for part-time jobs and has already been working for three weeks so far.  It’s amazing! Can’t thank you enough. (Carer of a participant)

This unbelievable and unforgettable chance has helped me in so many different ways. I earned a new confidence and belief in myself that I can do anything I want in life as long as I stick my mind to it and work hard. I have also learned many new basic skills which I can use in everyday life but one in particular skill was presenting to a big audience which happened on the final night. I found that I now have a growth mind-set to which I feel I can now achieve anything and don’t want to just sit happy with what I have got, I have the hunger to want more. (Participant)

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