Here is the news from 2019. It is hard to believe the year is almost at an end. We have once again had a fantastic year, not without its challenges at times!
In the last academic year we welcomed nearly 10,000 people through our doors. A great opportunity to share God’s love with so many people! This year we celebrated 20 years of SU Scotland Lendrick Muir. The team were encouraged to meet so many people, particularly at our fun day in June, whose lives had been impacted positively through the ministry that has happened at the centre over the years.
Through the challenges we have seen amazing blessings. After discovering a leak in our mains water pipe we spent a few weeks trying to discover where it was and were finally forced to replace the whole mile long pipe! Thankfully the £25, 000 pipe was replaced under the insurance.
The team is a little weary after a busy year and most departments have a change of pace in December. The team is working on jobs such as deep cleaning, decorating and retouching battered walls. These are jobs that simply cannot be done in the busier months when the house is full. It also a good time regroup, recover and learn from the busy seasons and see how we can improve our guests’ experiences.
The facilities team, however, are full steam ahead as they work on the new drying room in the main building, followed by refurbishing the laundry to create space for activities equipment. We thankfully have an amazing team of volunteers supporting this work.
Other news from 2019 are the improvements to the site including a new outdoor toilet down towards the kota and lochan, a new bin store and a new football golf course to replace the adventure golf which needs upgrading.
During the summer the SU Holidays and Lendrick Muir facilities team built a prototype pod at Lendrick Muir. These pods will be going up at the Scoughall and Kingcross campsites. It is exciting to see the appeal for the campsites reach £130,000. What an amazing difference these pods will make.
This year we have welcomed over 50 schools through our doors. As a centre we value inclusivity and wanted to ensure that finances do not create a barrier to children coming to the centre. We have been really pleased to see the positive response from schools to our school bursary scheme.
The final news from 2019 is the launch our Brilliant Winter Residential programme. There is great value in pupils coming on a residential in the first part of the academic year and our team has been working creatively to produce a fantastic programme. We were excited to work with robots for the first time! If you know a school who could benefit from a visit to Lendrick Muir, why not direct them to our new website? www.classroomoutdoors.org.uk.
Have a blessed Christmas and I look forward to seeing you in 2020.