In 2018 we had our first ever SuperTroop holiday, hosted by Fettes College in Edinburgh.
The Fettes summer Holiday, edinburgh (2018)
Our first holiday took place in summer 2018, hosted in Dalmeny boarding house at Fettes College in central Edinburgh.
We welcomed 16 children and young people with learning disabilities to our holiday week. A main goal of our week is to give our holiday-makers a chance to try new things. This year, trips out included The Yard, East Links Family Park, Gravity Trampoline centre, Fountain Park Ten Pin Bowling, The Raeburn, and M&Ds!
Our staff are all volunteers. We recruited 21 Fettes pupils, and another 20 experienced helpers, group leaders, and senior helpers. Our volunteers attended training through the months leading up to the holiday and stayed on-site during the week. Our team put huge amounts of energy into supporting children, and ensuring the highest standards of personal care, and developing innovative communication supports so everyone could express their needs and thoughts.
A parent of one of the young people wrote a heart-warming blogpost about our first ever holiday.
It is early days for our little charity. However our goal is to expand our activities to provide multiple holidays at a range of locations across Scotland. Holidays may be hosted at boarding schools, and staffed by pupil volunteers - this is a model which has proven very successful elsewhere. We would also like to think about providing breaks in other locations with specific resources - for example giving young people from urban centres a chance to visit the Scottish Highlands.