On Saturday 8th July we were delighted to officially open the re-developed Glengoyne Lodge – our home for short breaks, providing adventure for young people and respite for families.
The opening came at the end of our first Summer Camp since 2019 which saw almost 30 young people camping at the Lodge and enjoying a range of activities. We were delighted that His Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Stirling, Alan Simpson was able to attend and cut the ribbon alongside one of our youngest Scouts, Kieran.
The re-development of Glengoyne Lodge project started almost a decade ago and involved fundraising £450,000. We are enormously grateful to everyone who contributed – from our large grant funders to the over 1,000 individual donors.
Glengoyne Lodge was first constructed in 1977 and over time became less and less accessible for the young people using it. The aim of the re-development was to open up more of the communal areas so that young people had more independence when using the building and to accommodate the more complex care needs of the young people we are supporting today.
Speaking at the opening our Chair of Trustees, Elaine Ferguson said:
“This is a project long in the making and with challenges along the way – from COVID-19 to global supplier shortages to the cost of living crisis. However I am delighted it is now open and we are so happy with the outcome.
“This week it has had its first test, and I’m glad to say that it has passed with flying colours.
“In addition to our own use of this centre, part of the purpose of redeveloping it is to make it a community asset open to the wider disability community. We are in the process of engaging in partnership working with other disability charities who struggle to find suitable accommodation for group activities.”
Our considerable thanks go to everyone who helped make the project happen including our funders and those who supported us in other ways – through discounted materials, reduced labour costs and a whole range of other ways.
We now have a building fit for the future and in excellent condition to provide a high quality experience for the young people using it.