Media Release: Trades House takes to the great outdoors… as it launches fundraising drive to help young people

THE Trades House of Glasgow has teamed up with The Outward Bound Trust to establish a new project that follows the principles outlined by the charity’s national campaign, Scotland’s Next Generation.

The new Trades House initiative, called Scotland’s Next Generation – the Glasgow Project, will raise funds to provide outdoor adventure experiences for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds in Glasgow, helping them realise their potential, which otherwise may be left untapped.

One of the main fundraisers is the Trades House’s annual Glasgow Ball at the Hilton Glasgow on Saturday 10 May, with other events during the year including a sail on the Waverley on Friday 4 July.

“The 2014 Glasgow Ball and Waverley excursion will be fun filled fundraising evenings but ones with a serious message,” said the Trades House of Glasgow Deacon Convener Hamish Brodie.

“Glasgow has many talented young people from difficult backgrounds where they are not often encouraged to achieve and, indeed in some cases, sadly discouraged from doing so. Under different circumstances, they would be high achievers and great assets to the community.

“The money we raise at the Ball and on the Waverley will boost the total for our new initiative, Scotland’s Next Generation – the Glasgow Project, which will let us sponsor one or more worthy candidates each year while funds last, to take part in a three-week Classic Adventure course at The Trust’s Loch Eil Centre, near Fort William.

“Here, they will undergo physical and mental challenges in a supportive environment to help them learn about themselves and see clearly, perhaps for the first time, what they might truly be capable of achieving. It will be life changing in a positive way and hopefully lead them on a path to maximise their ability and achieve success in life.

“By donating to Scotland’s Next Generation – the Glasgow Project, or supporting us at the Glasgow Ball or on the Waverley, people will help us change the lives of young people who deserve so much more than they presently have.”

The Outward Bound Trust is an educational charity dedicated to unlocking the potential in young people through learning and adventure in the wild.

In 2012, it worked with over 6,500 young people from across Scotland with 70 per cent supported by bursaries. It is committed to expanding and strengthening its work in Scotland, increasing the number of participants to 10,000 by 2017.

“Many of the participants we work with have low self-esteem, poor educational achievement and an inability to trust others,” said The Outward Bound Trust’s Scottish director, Martin Davidson.

“Through challenge and adventure in the outdoors we enable young people to have positive experiences where they can gain in confidence, begin to trust others and take responsibility for their own actions. We are delighted that the Trades House is supporting our work by creating Scotland’s Next Generation – the Glasgow Project.”

Donations to Scotland’s Next Generation – the Glasgow Project, can be made online at or by contacting the Trades House team on 0141 553 1605, who can also provide more details and take bookings for the Glasgow Ball and Waverley sail.


Notes to editors:

Trades House of Glasgow and the Glasgow Ball – - since it was constituted in 1605 as the Council of 14 Craft Guilds, the Trades House of Glasgow and its Incorporated Crafts have made their mark by playing a pivotal and progressive role in training and fostering trade and industry in Glasgow, through a wide variety of initiatives.

Benevolence has also been at its very foundation.

Now a registered charity widely viewed as a centre of excellence in the administration of trusts and legacies, the Trades House manages funds in excess of £18 million. Donations of more than £600,000 are awarded each year to deserving causes and individuals across Glasgow, with considerable resources also devoted to general benevolent work.

Fundraising is also an essential part of Trades House activities. Along with the Chain Gang, the team who head up the Crafts and associated organisations that unite to form the Trades House, the Deacon Convener, who leads the organisation, chooses a charity as the beneficiary of fundraising activities for their year in office. This year is slightly different for Deacon Convener Hamish Brodie and his Chain Gang, who have created the new project, Scotland’s Next Generation – the Glasgow Project.

Glasgow Ball – more than £425,000 has been raised for a variety of Glasgow and west of Scotland-based charities since the annual Glasgow Ball was reinstated in the Trades House of Glasgow calendar of events in 2002. For this year’s Ball, tickets are priced £70 per person with tables of ten or 12 available. There will be a welcome reception, a three course dinner, music and dancing, with a fundraising tombola, auction and silent auction, as well as the ‘Deacon Convener’s Bingo’.

“There are many ways people can get involved and help us raise funds for Scotland’s Next Generation – the Glasgow Project,” said Deacon Convener Hamish Brodie. “As well as joining in the fun of the evening by hosting a table or making up a party with friends, there are sponsorship opportunities for many elements of the Ball, advertising spaces in the programme and donations are being sought for tombola and auction gifts.”

The Outward Bound Trust - is an educational charity which raises over £5m a year in order to make an Outward Bound® course available to up to 27,000 young people from across the UK each year. The Trust works with over 6,500 young people annually in Scotland, their goal being to increase the total number of Scottish participants each year to 10,000 by 2017.

They are recognised as the UK’s leading provider of bursary-assisted outdoor learning and are determined to make their courses as widely available as possible to all young people, irrespective of their financial circumstances. Currently just over 69 per cent of all course participants are financially assisted by an Outward Bound bursary.

The Outward Bound Trust was founded in 1941 by the marine engineer Lawrence Holt and the educationalist, Kurt Hahn. At this time they provided training for young and inexperienced merchant sea men who were drafted into the navy in WWII, to help them to survive the rigours of North Atlantic convoys and to have them develop real inner strength to overcome shipwreck.

After the war, it was felt that the courses The Trust offered would be a valuable means of making individuals more independent, self-aware and able to cope on their own. Since then, The Outward Bound Trust has helped over one million young people to learn new skills for education, work and life, discover untapped capabilities, and broaden their outlook.

To speak to a member of The Trust please call 0141 413 0244.

For further details regarding The Outward Bound Trust, its numerous courses and how it operates, please visit

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