For many years now registered Scottish youth work Charity Muirhouse Youth Development Group (MYDG) and its Social Enterprise MY Adventure have been looking to secure a building, a bothy, a place that people can get away to and relax in – that is basic, comfortable and affordable. A place where young children can play safely but adventurously, in the outdoors, exploring Scotland’s natural heritage with their families and friends. A place where teenagers can get away from pressures and learn new skills. A place where groups of adults can build friendships but enjoy space to themselves. Towford Outdoor Centre, near Jedburgh, set in the beautiful remote yet accessible Scottish Borders, is the place we have been seeking.
Why are we crowdfunding?
The building has been empty and unused for 17 years. It urgently needs some heating and a rewire if it is to survive its first winter in our care. We also seek to make it more sustainable and more importantly more accessible to people with disabilities. Many of the old systems are now considered unsafe. The roof needs patching and the grounds have become hugely overgrown and inaccessible. We have a fantastic community of volunteers who can provide the labour (we are of course always looking for more, especially people with trade’s experience). However, funds are needed specifically to:
• Put in a wood burning stove
• Re-wire the building
• Replace two windows
• Up-grade the Shower/toilet block – making it accessible to people with disabilities
Crowdfunding is the best way to fund this project because we can offer amazing incentives (see below) including use of the building once it’s fully operational. We also need the funding urgently to complete the essentials for Towford to survive the Scottish winter.
Pledge £5 or more – Your name (or a dedication) on the ‘wall of supporters’ in the Centre and on the website. You get this for all the other pledges
Pledge £10 or more – A unique ‘TIC TOC ! Time for MY Adventure’ snap band
Pledge £20 or more - a Commemorative 'Key to Towford'
Pledge £25 or more - A designer TIC TOC T –shirt
Pledge £50 or more - A Tandem cycle hire for a day for two people (and 2 ‘TIC TOC Time for MY Adventure’ snap bands) – making this a fantastic unique Christmas or Birthday Gift !
Pledge £75 or more - A Limited Edition Print of an original painting of the Centre in its grounds (framed and posted) with a certificate of appreciation for your support
Pledge £100 or more – A 2 hour Archery Session for 12 people – a fantastic Christmas Gift, birthday party or work celebration – competitive, fun, enjoyable for all ages and abilities!
Pledge £120 or more - for a Family Weekend self-catering at Towford - enjoying the beautiful Scottish Borders!
Pledge £250 or more – A half day Family or Group Day out (Mountain Biking, Coasteering, Canoeing, Canyoning for 6 people) – as adrenaline rushing or relaxed as you wish!
Pledge £500 or more – A self-Catering weekend at Towford with an activity for up to 30 people! Tonnes of hills, a warm fire, isolated setting with the freedom to explore!
Pledge £600 or more - Your Company or Dedication details engraved onto a traditional wooden Bench
Pledge £1000 or more - A Dynamic Team Building Day (Wet/Dry/high-low impact) Activity of your choice and a plaque with your company details inscribed upon it - acknowledging your support
Pledge £3,000 or more – A room in the house, an idyllic water feature or feature in the grounds and no one else for ever! (set in Towford’s beautiful 17 acre gardens)
Towford Outdoor Centre lies in the upper Kale Valley, on the northern slopes of the Cheviot Hills and has been lent to MYDG absolutely free, initially for 10 years but for the longer term if we can sustain it and assure our landlord that people are using it. Formerly an Outdoor Education centre until 1996 when it was closed. Before that, it was a school from 1876 to 1964. The school log reads: on June 30th 1964 ‘Today is the last day of Towford School. We have closed today and will not be returning’. Lets return to this building a playful spirit and keenness to learn about the natural world, each other and ourselves!
You couldn’t find a better location for a Centre as Towford. Feeling remote but a mere 15 minutes from Jedburgh, the area contains an abundance of features of educational interest, quite apart from its out-standing potential for hill-walking and the beautiful conservation grade grounds. The area is typical of the Scottish Cheviot country, with its rolling hills and wide valleys, clear streams, shelterbelts and rich grazings. The widely scattered hamlets and hill-farms are linked by narrow, winding roads, little used but essential to settlement in the area. Roman remains, along with standing stones, hill forts, cultivation terraces and the like all add to the educational potential of the area. This area and this building with your help can make an outstanding contribution to the lives of many children, groups, adults and communities.
Your pledge will benefit many people from all different walks of life. The organisations who have already stated that they will use this fantastic facility is huge and includes groups who organise or fund:
• Family Respite breaks
• Parenting – family strengthening groups
• Alternatives to Crime Projects
• Self-Directed Support – personal breaks or activities
• Affordable Family Holidays
• Youth work residentials
• Schools and college field trips
• Duke of Edinburgh groups
• Employability groups and ready-for-work programmes
• Conservation Charities
• Courses, Therapies and retreats
Please pledge generously and remember – we’re not asking for something for nothing – you, your friends and family will love the rewards for your pledges that are exclusive to TIC TOC backers.
Your generosity will help to benefit thousands in the years to come.