HopScotch Childrens Charity

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HopScotch provides FREE breaks to severely disadvantaged children living in Scotland aged between 7-11 years. Our Respite Centre, Ardvullin is situated in Ardgour on the Ardnamurchan Peninsula. It sits in 5 acres of its own grounds overlooking Loch Linnhe in an area of outstanding beauty. Since it’s establishment in 1998 HopScotch has enabled over 5774 different children to have a break at Ardvullin and the number has increased steadily year on year, from 100 in 1999 to 326 in 2018. In 2019 we plan to provide 384 disadvantaged children, who have no other chance of a break away from their problems, with a week at Ardvullin.

Using the HopScotch bus we collect children and user organisation staff from their home area on a Monday and return them back on a Friday.  During their stay at Ardvullin children are given the chance to participate in a planned programme of educational and fun activities such as horse riding, canoeing, indoor climbing and cycling.   They also visit local beaches, nature reserves and marine, wildlife and heritage centres. They learn about the countryside and seaside and about team work, tolerance and social and practical skills all in a supportive and caring environment.

Children leave Ardvullin with an increased ability to address their own problems and overcome the hurdles they face in their everyday lives.


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