Teddy Isba was privileged to be able to join three teenagers and their volunteers from Interest Link Roxburgh on their woodland overnight adventure in September 2015. The overnight trip took place at the idyllic setting at Wild Woods Camping Site at Ruberslaw near Hawick.
The adventurous six camped in style in beautifully designed Safari Tents in the wild woods. Donned with outdoor clothing, rucksacks and a big first aid kit to fight off killer midges they set off on their hike to their remote safari tents deep in the woods. The group were joined by Claire an outdoor specialist and Val the Branch Co-ordinator for Roxburgh Branch, they left their urban life behind and lived under canvas close to nature for a night. Activities included group foraging for berries, making jam on the stove, cooking dinner on the fire bowl, campfire songs, star gazing, exploring and spotting and locating wild animals and their tracks, bat detecting, making bow and arrows and much more. Our teenagers willingly ditched their technology for a wild life experience they will never forget. Carers were able to have well deserved break with the knowledge that their loved ones were safe and enjoying themselves.
“Having never had overnight respite for Lenny who has autism and a learning disability, it was a rare treat to go out with friends and not worry at about him.”
Stuart service user’s comment
“ it was amazing”
The photos sum up the whole experience. Teddy Isba commented that he was honoured to have been invited to share the outdoor life with a lovely group of people.
Interest Link Borders is a unique befriending project in the Scottish Borders, matching people with learning disabilities and volunteers so they can meet regularly to share interests and do activities both enjoy.