Swagelok Scotland, Teesside and Ireland are passionate about the development of young people. That is why we have committed to raising funds for The Outward Bound Trust.
The Outward Bound Trust is an educational charity that exists to unlock the potential in young people between the ages of 9-19, through a unique approach to learning and adventure in the wild. The Trust relies on the generosity of donors to ensure all young people are given the opportunity to develop skills and qualities that enable them to thrive throughout education, work and life.
Swagelok Scotland, Teesside & Ireland committed to raising a £25,000 contribution to allow a local Aberdeen school the opportunity to send 108 pupils, aged 12-13, to a centre at Loch Eil, Fort William for a five-day life skills development course. The school is situated within a large and diverse catchment area and is attended by a social and cultural mix of pupils. The challenge the school faces is to raise aspirations and confidence in its pupils. This is why they are involved with The Outward Bound Trust.
Associates take part in fundraising
All our associates have stepped forward to support the charity and have taken part in numerous fundraising events from cycle rides and half marathons to a family summer shindig and even the London Marathon.
However, we wanted to be more than just a donor. We wanted to be involved in activities that help raise self-esteem and confidence and help young people develop their social skills and engage them with learning. We wanted to be involved in developing skills that with guided review and reflection can help the students transfer what they have learnt about themselves to their everyday lives. This is why we committed to The Outward Bound Trust Employee Ambassador Programme.
Employee Ambassador Programme
This programme is a five-day training course, allowing selected participants to work alongside an experienced Outward Bound Trust instructor as they deliver five days of adventurous activities to a group of young people. Julie Ross, Key Account Manager and Nicola Johnston, Group Customer Services Manager, were chosen to represent Swagelok Scotland, Teesside & Ireland at Loch Eil. Not only was this a fantastic experience for our two ambassadors, but it developed their knowledge and skills relating to interacting and working with others, it developed leadership skills and it allowed them to gain confidence in themselves and their abilities allowing them to take this back into the organisation and their daily roles. Since returning from the week-long course, Julie and Nicola continue to be great Ambassadors for The Outward Bound Trust through delivering presentations to all company associates and arranging car washes to raise even more money for the cause.
Out to help children gain in confidence
For more information about our work and commitment to The Outward Bound Trust and the Employee Ambassador Programme please read the article published in The Scotsman newspaper on Friday 25th November. Titled ‘Out to help children gain in confidence’, the article describes how our participation in the programme helps such a fantastic cause: http://www.scotsman.com.
How you can help
If you are interested in finding out how you can provide support to The Outward Bound Trust, visit their website: www.outwardbound.org.uk/.
If you would like to make a donation to The Outward Bound Trust and take a look at the different fundraising teams from Swagelok Scotland, Teesside & Ireland and what they have been involved in throughout 2016, take a look at our JustGiving page: Swagelok Fundraising for The Outward Bound Trust.