Having fun is a huge part of what we do….but it’s not the only aim! We are a Social Enterprise, set up to help Disadvantaged Children and Young people in Glasgow, and all our profits are invested into our social enterprise goals. Being able to fulfil our social objectives is hugely important to us and we are are so grateful for your support. Read on to find out more about what we do.
.Treetop Rocks is a Community Interest Company, which means that benefiting our local community is at the heart of what we do! All profits from our activities go towards helping disadvantaged and vulnerable children and young people in Glasgow. This means that by choosing to book your tree climbing or rock climbing event with Treetop Rocks, you will not only experience a challenging and exciting activity but will also be making a meaningful difference to a child or young person in need.
WHO WE HELP
The Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD) figures show Glasgow has 48% of datazones within the most deprived 20% in Scotland, with issues including unemployment, child poverty, food insecurity, fuel poverty, and poor physical and mental health.
Our profits go entirely towards supporting children and young people aged 7-16, who have experienced disadvantages which hinder them in reaching their full potential.
HOW WE HELP
We do this by providing free places on our stimulating and educational 4-week “Healthy Roots” courses. The act of successfully learning to tree climb has the most extraordinary effect on the confidence of a child, and in this state of self-belief, barriers to learning are lowered. Clients are grouped according to age and over the course of 4 weeks, we use the climbing environment to challenge our learners, develop co-operation and teamwork, and build confidence. In this environment we promote discussion around topics such as healthy lifestyle choices; learning & making the most of opportunities at school; coping with depression & loneliness; and dealing with the challenges of peer pressure. We also take the opportunity to signpost clients to other community organisations and projects set up within their areas to help them to access support for some of the more complex issues they might be experiencing.
WHO WE WORK WITH
We work with schools, social work & health centres, & community groups in the area to receive referrals for clients to attend our free courses. We also use our profits to provide reduced-cost Tree Climbing or Rock Climbing events for individual clients referred by social work who require one-to-one sessions, and for Community Youth Groups in SIMD 1 and 2 zones, which have a limited budget to provide activities. These subsidized sessions also reqach clients experiencing disdvanatges and straddle the gap between our fee-paying clients and our free places.
WHO MAKES THIS POSSIBLE
You do! All profits from sessions which are booked by members of the public go to support our 4-week courses. We are also extremely grateful to have received a £5000 grant from Firstport to enable us to purchase vital equipment, insurance, and staff training and licencing.
REFER A YOUNG PERSON
If you would like to refer a young person to one of our free courses, or would like to discuss a reduced cost private session for a child or young person in need, please contact us by phone or email.
If you run or are part of a community group that works with clients experiencing disadvantages or barrier to attainment, please contact us by phone or email to see how we can work with you.
Contact us now for the best climbing experience for you and your family.
Those of you who know me will know I have a phobia of heights. This week, Graeme and Fibie from Babble Rock took on the unenviable task of teaching me to climb in preparation for an event in March. Fibie and Graeme, I can’t thank you enough for your enthusiasm and words of encouragement when I warned you that I was going to be a challenging case. The patience you showed and, the reassurance you gave when I wrestled with my anxieties and wouldn’t let go of the holds. My goal was to climb 4m but within 20 mins you had me scaling the full wall! What an awesome team you make and I’m looking forward to joining you on your future climbing adventures!
A couple of weeks ago I had taken my boys (4 and 7) to Clip and Climb at Kelvin Hall and watched in awe as they scaled the walls seemingly fearless. Feeling inspired I took the plunge and got in touch with Fibie and Graeme. On Mon night we met at Climbzone at Braehead for my first climbing session. It was absolutely amazing, petrifying and exhilarating all rolled into one! Safe to say I loved it! Fibie and Graeme were so friendly as were the rest of the climbing group. I was made to feel at ease immediately. They were so patient and supportive as I learned the basics. Some great handy hints and tricks along the way which really helped me to get started. Their encouragement and fantastic teaching saw me reach the top of the wall on my first session – something I thought I would never do! I was absolutely thrilled and came away with a great sense of achievement after what was a fantastic night. Thanks so much
I went to a farm for Treetop Rocks tree climbing. I had fun. I was a bit nervous but once I had the harness on I felt safe. I really liked getting to the top and being in the branches. That was brilliant! Graeme’s teaching was good because he told me exactly how to do it properly. Once I was high up I could see across the field to the horses which was cool. It was fun and I would definitely go again.