Meet the Team – Finlay, Gap Year3 April 2023
From Our Gap Year Correspondent5 August 2023
A new facility at Gowanbank in Ayrshire will expand the use of the centre and help groups make the most of the outdoor facilities.
Currently known as ‘The Shed Project’, a large outbuilding is being converted to create a hub for visiting day groups. The new room will provide an ideal base, creating a place to gather up, leave bags and have lunch, when the weather’s not up to spending time outdoors.
Sometimes groups who come to stay at the centre are there for meetings and conferences, meaning that the outdoor activities are available. The new room will make it easier for us to accommodate two groups on site at the same time. There will be wifi and a big screen, making the space great for briefings and reflection times, especially on days when sheltering from the Scottish weather is a good idea.
It’s now five years since Gowanbank first opened its doors as a residential centre and the latest development means the centre continues to grow. The house was gifted to SU Scotland to extend out residential ministry and Sylvia and Colin Campbell moved from Lendrick Muir to manage the centre in 2018.
Sylvia comments, ‘For me, the highlights are always about the people – the way the team of staff and volunteers has developed over that time and about all the groups that come to visit. And God’s goodness of course! We’ve welcomed groups from all over Scotland and it has been wonderful to see the school residentials growing, especially over the last year.
‘We want every child and young person to be able to visit, and we are working hard to make sure that can happen. We offer discounts to groups that come from areas of priority and we can also offer bursaries to individuals. We have strong links with schools for children with Additional Support Needs and will take time to tailor programmes to suit particular needs.
‘Over our five year journey, we have got to know the local churches and we’re hugely grateful for prayer support and the many local volunteers who help to make it all happen,’
There’s still time to book for your group to visit Gowanbank this autumn for a weekend, a week, a few days or a one-day activity session based at The Shed.
This article was taken from the July 2023 edition of @SU Magazine.
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