Our Year In Pictures
Welcome to our annual Be Involved report. Itâ€™s been another busy, fruitful year across the Abernethy Adventure Centres and at our Swiss ski chalet and Glen Kin, our Argyll bunkhouse: weâ€™ve had more guests staying with us than ever before. This is the 4th year of producing a booklet in this format and it is expected to be the last as we look ahead to replacing it with a more regular e-mail newsletter. It would be good to hear your thoughts on our proposed shift away from a printed version as we are really keen to keep in touch with you. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy catching up with the news from around our centres and may I wish you a peaceful and blessed Christmas and New Year.
In This Issue New Lochan at Barcaple
Swiss Ski Chalet
New Operations Director
Abernethy Team Conference
Facts and Figures
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Watersports Lochan Opening August 20th saw the formal opening of the Barcaple watersports lochan by Jamie Hepburn, MSP (Pictured above, right). The completion of this fantastic new resource will enable kayaking, canoeing and raft building to take place on-site. We are extremely grateful to all who donated to this project, including Go For It and Sportscotland and look forward to developing links with the local community who will also be able to use the lochan. A gallery of photos from the project is available at: www.abernethy.org.uk/our-centres/barcaple-lochan
Biomass Project Abernethy went green this year with the installation of three Biomass systems. Ardeonaig, Barcaple and Nethybridge are all now enjoying cheaper, greener heating as a result and the project to install Biomass at the Abernethy Timeshares this winter will complete the project. Along with Ardgour who have been producing their own hydroelectricity for some time now, we are pleased to be doing our bit to conserve our precious natural environment.
Our Teams We were delighted to have two staff weddings at our centres this year. Tara (Nethybridge) and Ben Gibson(formerly Nethybridge and Ardgour) were married, followed by Danielle and Nathanael Worsley (both Barcaple). Three couples plan to marry in 2016! All of the Abernethy family were saddened by the death of Barcaple instructor, Ben Williams, who passed away in February. He is still very much in our thoughts and is much missed by the whole team. Our prayers continue to be with his family.
Meet... Andy Wade, Operations Director, Barcaple Earlier this year we were delighted to appoint Andy Wade as Operations Director at Barcaple. Andy has a background in education and has worked in the UK and abroad. Along with his wife Lindsey who has recently joined the Barcaple office team, Andy moved from County Durham to take up this new position. As he gets to grips with life at the centre and at his new church (Kirkcudbright Parish Church) please pray that he continues to settle in well and can encourage the team in their work.
Great summer We had another fantastic three weeks of summer camps in July and August with new Christian commitments and recommitments. Many young people and families heard more about Jesus through our teams and through some great talks by James McSporran, Neil Glover and Ali Sewell (all ex Abernethy team members who are now employed full time in ministry work). These summer weeks, along with other camps that we offer, are an inspiring time for our guests and our teams and a great way for them to learn and share what they believe as Christians.
Bursary fund Our bursary fund has helped a number of young people to attend camps and holidays at our centres in the past year. To enable us to offer as many people as possible a bursary, this fund needs constant topping-up. If you would like to consider giving to the fund as a one-off donation, or in a more regular way then please contact us using the details below: email@example.com 01479 818001
Film project Our collaboration with the Edinburgh Film Company continues with some amazing filming happening during the year. We have just completed an â€œAbout Usâ€? film and are currently working on an Instructor Training Course information film. In this digital age, these films are helping to provide another platform for those interested in what Abernethy centres can offer. Here is our new Video page on the website: www.abernethy.org.uk/features/videos
Swiss chalet After many great years of operating a chalet for guests in Switzerland we are scaling this part of Abernethy back for now. The chalet in Villars that we have used for the last 3 years has been closed and finding the perfect replacement has proved harder than expected. In 2016 we will still be offering our 6 week ski instructor training course based in Anzere, but we will not be taking holiday guests. However, we are still committed to running a chalet and hope to find a suitable replacement soon.
In our local communities All of our centres are currently involved in Christian youth work in their local area. This voluntary work has a huge impact on the young people living in the towns and villages surrounding the centres and is a great way for the community we build at our centres to spill over into the local communities. Some of the team at Barcaple are also involved in running a lunchtime SU group at the local high school, Kirkcudbright Academy. Abernethy retains a commitment to our local parish churches and we have regular input in the services through worship bands, preaching, AV, providing tea and coffee... the list goes on!
Talent Programme Our Talent Programme has had a quiet year as we reassess how to take the project forward. However, as we head for the new year with new blood heading up the programme, great things lie ahead for the growing bunch of talented young Christian sports people. If you are interested in following the progress of the Talent Programme team, keep an eye on our web page, www.abernethy.org.uk/features/talent-programme
Technology keeps us on our toes.... Time moves on and we have already mentioned the film project offering ‘another platform’ for spreading the word of what we do. Abernethy is keen to keep up, where time and finances permit, so we are pleased that our website is now ‘mobile friendly’ (meaning that it is now easily viewable on tablets and mobile phones for the 50% of website users who use these devices rather than a conventional computer). We have also made the move to an e-newsletter style monthly prayer news which is now being emailed to all of our supporters for whom we have e-mail addresses. We also post copies of this if you don’t have access to e-mail. If you don’t currently receive the prayer news but would like to either digitally or by post, please get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org or 01479 818005
500 missing e-mails! We’re very keen to reduce how much paper we use at Abernethy this year to help the environment, so we will be sending most of our correspondence by e-mail. However, of our list of supporters, we are missing about 500 e-mail addresses. Pease could you e-mail us at email@example.com with your full name as the subject line, and we will add your e-mail address to our records.
Our Teams At the beginning of the year, all team members completed an â€˜engagementâ€™ survey. This was designed to give the senior team an insight into various aspects of working at Abernethy, from internal communication to job satisfaction and job security. Since receiving the results of the survey, senior team members have been working hard to address any issues that arose, including setting up a new weekly team memo to aid general communication amongst the teams at the various centres.
Team Conference Our annual team conference was again held at our Nethybridge centre with all of the Abernethy staff coming together for three days of fellowship, teaching, worship and fun. Colin Sinclair spoke on the subject of Living Stones and we also enjoyed a choice of seminars and a day of team training. This yearly event is a highlight for our teams at the end of a busy year and is a great way for us to get to know each other better in an informal setting.
New Teams August and September are traditionally the time when Abernethy says many farewells and hellos to departing and arriving team members, including our Gap Year Teams and our Trainee Instructors. As our leavers go onto new opportunities we pray that they will use their experiences of being part of the ministry of Abernethy to good effect. Likewise as new people join the team we ask for prayers that they grasp our vision of becoming more like Jesus and are effective in their outreach with visiting groups and in the local community. As we now begin recruiting for next year's Gap Year Team and our Instructor Training Course, please tell people you know about Abernethy, share this booklet and encourage them to find out more about what we can offer.
Our Visitors Welcoming guests to our centres is our main purpose and yet, in the past we haven’t been very good at knowing our guests or building up a picture of who comes to our centres and with what kinds of group. This year, for the first time, we have a completely accurate picture of who has visited our centres in the past year, thanks to our new booking system. This amazing computer programme is able to tell us at the click of a button what kind of groups have stayed at our centres, how long they stayed, what postcode area they came from and so much more!
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Centres MUNROS 70 Climbed with
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£11,000BURSARY Worth of grants
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Abernethy Ardeonaig We are looking forward to upgrading two of our guest bedrooms to incorporate en-suite facilities. This will be a great addition to our accommodation. We are also excited to be working towards introducing two great new packages at the centre: Our Leadership through Adventure Award for schools has gained Sports Leaders accreditation and we are launching an Aspiring Leaders weekend programme for 15-17 and 18-21 year old Christians.
Abernethy Barcaple We lost two large trees in storms at Barcaple this year, thankfully no property was damaged. Over the winter we will be concentrating our efforts on a project to increase our guest bed numbers and flexibility by converting some rooms in the current staff area of the main house. Included in this project will be 2 en-suite rooms for teachers and other group leaders.
Abernethy Nethybridge Exciting plans are afoot as we begin a project for a new building to replace the chalet accommodation at the centre. Our plan is for the existing chalets to become staff accommodation and for a new 40 bed guest building to be constructed in the centre grounds. We hope to be applying for planning permission, prior to fundraising in early 2016.
Abernethy Ardgour Our Instructor Training Course has 9 students this year who have settled in well. We are expecting delivery of a new sea kayak trailer. We are also planning to expand our expedition equipment to be able to widen our wild adventure and Duke of Edinburghâ€™s Award programmes.
Abernethy Glen Kin At the end of our first full year as owners of Glen Kin bunkhouse we have started to make some essential improvements. We are upgrading the fire alarm system, introducing improved cooking and extraction facilities and improving the drainage around the building. We have also welcomed Jason Stone as our new caretaker.
Be Involved Pray, Give, Support There are a few different ways you can support the work we do at Abernethy. Below are just a few popular options: If you aren’t already signed up to our monthly prayer e-newsletter, drop us a line or e-mail us using the details below and we’ll send one over to you with all our most recent prayer requests and thanksgiving. If you feel led to give financially to our work through donations, or legacy giving to support our various development projects, please get in touch with our Executive Assistant, Tracy on firstname.lastname@example.org or call her on 01479 818001 Or if you would like to support us by joining the team at one of our Centres, all of our current vacancies are detailed on the recruitment page of our website www.abernethy.org.uk/work-us have a look and see.
New! Schools Brochure If you haven’t seen our shiny new brochure for Schools, get in touch with our Schools and Groups Manager, Lesley Pearson, to receive your very own copy! It has plenty of information about why Abernethy school residentials are the best, including testimonials from groups and schools that have visited our centres. Call Lesley on: 0131 3363588 or e-mail her: email@example.com
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