Hello! I'm Sam, I come from Halifax and I live in Edinburgh. I wanted to go on a walk. So I thought i'd walk from Halifax to Edinburgh. And seen as it's a bloody long way, why not raise some money whilst i'm at it? I'll be leaving on the 8th May and will be rambling for just over a month.
The Way is long and winding. Up and over many hills. Across many streams and through many woods. Along National Trails, lanes and B-roads alike. Upon tarmac, moorland and mossy rocks. Through farmer's fields and village greens. Around countless reservoirs, tarns and lochs. Sidling will know no end. Stiles and kissing gates will be my friends. On my back will be a rucksack and a tent. In my pocket the same £5.27 that many seeking asylum live on each day in Halifax (which I'll be funding myself). If offered, i'll accept a bed.
Any money I raise is to be split down the middle between two charities: St. Augustine's Centre in Halifax and Youth Vision in Edinburgh. The majority of the people that visit St. Augustine's are refugees who have endured long, hard journeys in search of a better life. And at Youth Vision, a youth education charity, there is a focus on outdoor skills, conservation, and respect for the natural world. So a journey in the great outdoors seems a fitting way to raise money for these excellent charities.
Here is some information about the two charities (in their own words):
St. Augustine's Centre is a community centre located in the Park Ward area of Halifax, providing practical and emotional support to anyone who comes through our doors. Beginning life in 1968 as a parent and toddler group, the Centre has grown into an established charity and now provides an early years nursery, Welcome Cafe, free community lunches, English classes, an advice drop-in, destitution service, employment support, a volunteer programme and social and well being activities.
Since the early 2000's Halifax has been a dispersal town for people seeking asylum in the UK. Under the principles of community, sanctuary, respect and nurture, St. Augustine's Centre led the way in welcoming this new community, and has continued to provide much needed assistance and develop expertise in working with this group ever since. The St. Augustine's Centre community is currently made up of people from over 45 countries, from all walks of life.
We work to provide a safe and warm environment for those with no where else to go, to help make Halifax a welcoming place for all and to stand in solidarity with our community and the barriers they face.
Youth Vision is a charity that works with young people from South West Edinburgh that are struggling with formal education, or are excluded from school, and are not engaged in training, or employment. We offer a range of nature based informal education services that aim to develop confidence and self-esteem to support a healthy transition to adulthood and more positive destinations.
Our young people centred services include:
- Forest School - this offers nature-based educational activities for children aged 10-12 to support a healthy transition from childhood to adolescence.
- Back on Track - this is an intensive year-long support and learning programme that is suitable for young people aged 14-16 who are not attaining in or attending school.
- Wilderness - this is for young people aged 13 -18 who want to develop a deeper connection to nature and put their wilderness skills into action.
- Gardening - this offers supported work experience to vulnerable young people aged 16-21 to support them to move onto positive destinations.
- Renovation - this enables young people aged 16-21 to gain work experience along-side expert volunteers such as civil engineers, builders and archeologists.
- Volunteers - this offers volunteering experiences in the services above for adults that wish to support the informal education of young people.