Duke of Edinburgh Gold Group

DofE Gold Open Award Group under way

This is our first year as a DofE Centre, and we're so fortunate to have come into contact with this amazing group of young people. It takes guts to step outside of your comfortable school or college social circles and commit to doing DofE Gold with people you've never met. In the photo you've got participants from four schools across Inverness & the Black Isle, with Inverness College UHI represented as well.

Mon 6 DecRead more…

Craig Dunain rest break

“This is the kind of thing my Dad would have done when he was a kid”

Here's a short collection of recent quotes from participants and parents. "The sort of thing my Dad would have done when he was a kid" really hits home - what a wonderful way to capture that magic feeling of a childhood spent freely exploring the forests close to home.

Fri 26 NovRead more…

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OSCR grants charitable status to Àban

You can view our entry on the Scottish register here. This marks a new phase in our development, and we look forward to delivering for the community in Inverness as best as we can. On Monday 29th November we will welcome our new Trustee Jonathan Molloy to our next Board meeting - look out for his bio appearing here soon.

Fri 26 NovRead more…

Aban website

Welcome to our new website!

Paul Frost at PFweb is based down in Grantown-on-Spey. We've worked together on various websites over the last 7 years, and I'm delighted that he took on the challenge of building a new site for Àban. We've gone for a really simple design which displays neatly on all screen sizes.

Sat 6 NovRead more…

IMG 1654 The Adventure Photographers

Holiday camp reviewLooking back on a successful week

Kate has written at length on the Adventure Syndicate blog (link here) about the deeper currents that ran through the girls' bikepacking camp. In this shorter post I just want to highlight a few interesting observations from the surface.

Fri 29 OctRead more…

Bikepacking group

Excitement & ContentmentFirst Àban residential camp

There’ll be lots more to say about the first Àban residential camp. As I write this I’m pretty tired and ready for my own family holiday, but want to briefly express the deep sense of both contentment and excitement.

Thu 28 OctRead more…

Bushcraft camp

Does everything have to be a "thing"?Is this bushcraft, or is this just being outside?

A few reflections on a fascinating day of staff training. On Monday Ola and I travelled over to Easter Kinkell on the Black Isle to do a day of bushcraft training with Rob Bashford from Coast & Cairn. We learned lots about how to do safe knifework, firelighting and basic camp cookery.

Wed 27 OctRead more…

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DofE Open Award GroupVoluntering Opportunity

Volunteer with Àban for mentoring, qualifications and experience.
From September 2021 we will start running a new DofE Open Award Group. Focussed only on the Gold award, we’ll be there so 16-25 year olds from all over Inverness can come along to a friendly support group and work towards that dream of heading down to Holyrood Palace to receive their Gold Award!

Tue 3 AugRead more…

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