With phase one of our Appeal, the cottage renovation, now complete our focus is now on raising the £1.9million we need to build a new Learning Hub. The Learning Hub will replace our current Outdoor Centre, which is cramped, inflexible and too cold to be used for months at a time.
We need a new Learning Hub to meet the growing needs of young people coming into our care; expand the age range of children we can help; and support more vulnerable young people in Edinburgh.
Helping build confidence and unlock hidden talents
Our existing centre cannot be used for our bike maintenance program outside of the summer months due to a lack of heating and insulation. We need more space as well to store the children’s outdoor clothes, boots, kayaks and wetsuits.
We also need a dedicated space for art, woodwork and design technologies where the children can spread their creative wings. Our current room is cluttered and limited, with restricted space for storage and movement.
These activities are an integral part of how Harmeny engages young people using practical models of learning. It’s vital to the children’s development that we have the right physical resources available to offer these programs all year round.
Extending our reach
The new Learning Hub will also incorporate two secondary classrooms, an outdoor classroom, and flexible spaces to allow us to develop a skills-based Secondary curriculum. The development of this curriculum will enable us to support a further 60 young people within Edinburgh who are struggling to remain in education and risk exclusion.
Supporting future children at Harmeny for longer
Through the development of this skills-based curriculum we will be able to extend our care and education support to those children who call Harmeny home by offering them the opportunity to stay beyond their 14th birthday and gain skills-based qualifications. In turn this will reduce the need for yet one more placement for the children we care for.