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Next Steps with 218

The week of 10th-14th February 2014 saw the first time that the women of the 218 Centre had visited the beautiful Kinlochrannoch Lodge area of Scotland.

Despite the pending snowstorm the atmosphere was very welcoming and homely after breaking the (literal and metaphorical) 'ice'. After a social contract was agreed by the group, they all settled into a safe space with a hearty stew and mash and began to get to know each other. To get some fresh air after a good dinner we took a walk under the stars and moon to a local waterfall now known as 'alt na mandy'. It was really an awe inspiring start.

The next day course objectives and goals were set by all the women in support groups which were carried out each day. Then a forest walk was enjoyed along the shore of Kinloch Rannoch with some nature inspired by Tilly’s stories. There were also opportunities to get involved in group problem solving challenges in the forest.

Evening entertainment was along them of 'Come dine with me'. It got competitive but in a friendly way and let’s say food was the winner!

The next day despite a huge snowstorm the girls trekked out knee deep in snow to climb a cliff and then abseil back down. Tracey overcame her fear of heights and all the girls succeeded.

The final day we all awoke early to the best sunrise of winter over Shiehallion. Like the sunset all good things must come to an end but not before the girls had prepared a final action plan for their next steps...

There will always be another sunrise!

A special thanks to Becks & Bill from the 218 project - you are great people.

Good luck from all the staff at Venture Trust

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