I have delivered nine hikes so far for a range of groups. A large proportion of these were organised for people who are navigating the immigration system in Scotland and have refugee status or are seeking asylum. Other hikes were organised for mums who are often limited by childcare responsibilities and people who have experienced homelessness or insecure housing situations. These hill days were organised in such a way to empower participant hikers so that they have the knowledge, confidence and skills to go again themselves, in the future. In addition, I organised a pilot hike with a multi-national corporate to gather feedback on the viability of the social business model.
I have managed to secure further funding to pay some time for the development of the project and for the testing and delivery of these activities. I have started to build a website and social media accounts (Instagram). I made a call to the outdoor community for hiking boots, and received numerous donations from across the country from outdoor enthusiasts who wanted to support us in our goals.
In total, 68 people have participated so far; many of them left their city for the first time and many had never been on a hill before. Over half of the participants are women and 80% are from socially or financially marginalized background. They challenged themselves and were proud with what they had achieved improving their sense of self and offering a more positive perspective of themselves and life in general.