Circle’s exciting collaboration with Scripture Union and Prison Fellowship is now in its fifth year. These continued positive relationships have enabled many children and young people to attend residential holidays offering fun, food and friends. 35 children and young people supported by Circle attended last year.

Scripture Union have been running residential holidays across Scotland for over 70 years, offering children and young people a range of activities such as archery, rafting and gokarting.

The residential holidays create temporary communities for children and young people supported by Circle. The way in which the children and young people are encouraged, supported and valued aims to raise their confidence and self esteem. Feedback from many of the families who attended has been extremely positive, with one child saying “I give it 20 out of 10!”. A parent commented “They (the camps) have totally brought ‘my weans’ out of their shells and made them more adventurous, more curious. I thank Circle and Scripture Union for all that as well. Thanks very much”.

35 of Circle’s staff visited Scripture Union at their Lendrick Muir site on Thursday 24th March. The morning session focussed upon enhancing and strengthening our partnership, maximising the potential for this ongoing relationship. We discussed our shared understanding of working together in order to enhance the opportunities for the children, young people and families we support. A key theme from this session highlighted the importance of our ability to be flexible and respond to change and identify the camp most suitable for each child. The afternoon session involved teambuilding activities, including archery and a high ropes course. As you can see from the photos below, the leap of faith was certainly an adrenaline rush and we were all on the edge of our seats supporting each other!