Seòl Trust

Seòl Trust are delighted to announce their merger with Ruskin Mill Trust, which has over 35 years of experience working with young adults with learning difficulties, and associated challenges.  Ruskin Mill Trust has developed its unique brand of expertise, Practical Skills Therapeutic Education (PSTE). This therapeutic method of working with craft and land-based sessions provides the opportunity to become skilled through doing real life purposeful activities, and engage as valued members of the community.

Seòl Trust at Pishwanton Woods

Set in 60 acres of beautiful Pishwanton woodland near Longyester (East Lothian, Scotland) Seòl Trust’s Craft, Land and Enterprise Centre is an innovative specialist daytime programme to develop integrated living and work skills. Applications are accepted all year round and placements are available now for adults aged 18 and above.

Workshop & Land based activities include

  • Horticulture
  • Site Maintenance
  • Woodland work
  • Catering (under development)

*Additional activities will be included into the programme as the site develops.

Example Work Plan

The Seol Trust 18+ programme is currently offered on a day basis (from 9:30am to 3:30pm each day) however local residential provision will be developed during 2020.

A typical day will briefly consist of:

9.30am Arrival, welcome refreshments, morning briefing and preparation for work.
9.45am – 12.45pm Outdoor Herb Garden restoration project. Should weather conditions be poor, service users access indoor restoration projects.
12.45pm – 1.30pm An organic lunch will be provided (cost included in daily rate).
1.30pm – 3.15pm Afternoon activity of one of the following: baking or woodland work
3.15pm – 3.30pm Round up and reflections

Service users are supported on a ratio of four adults to one staff member. Additional support on a one to one ration can also be provided if required. Day provision includes staffing, lunch, and all craft/activity materials. If transport to and from the site is required, this can be discussed on an individual basis.

Benefits of a Placement with Seòl Trust

  • Explore and experience the therapeutic nature of working with the land, craft and practical activities such as horticulture.
  • Work alongside experienced craftspeople who will help you find a new sense of identity and increased self-esteem by working with, and overcoming the challenges of the material, and in doing so overcome barriers to learning.
  • The possibility to progress towards internships, apprenticeships, full-time employment and to gain appropriate accreditations through re-engagement with hands-on activities.
  • Develop transferable social, emotional, and behavioral skills with the aim of building confidence, and the capacity to form long-term relationships, while improving independence.
  • Enjoy supported interaction and inclusion with the local community.

For more information, please contact Graeme Cheyne, Leigh Bown or Elisabeth Johnson or call the Ruskin Mill Trust Admissions team on 03300 552 653.


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