Auchinleck House, Ayrshire
The Ripple delivers a wide range of projects designed to help local people in Restalrig, Lochend and Craigentinny to help themselves.
Its Healthy Hub Walking Groups provide two weekly 30 minute walks that are led by trained volunteers and follow pre-planned local routes. The earlier walk is aimed at people who like to walk briskly and the later walk offers beginners a more gentle pace.
'We stayed during very strange and uncertain times with regard to Covid19. This was undoubtedly an anxious time for everyone. However, despite being a group of people who often struggle to keep their anxieties under control, all guests reported feeling a great sense of calm whenever they were there, and due to the lovely lack of TV and Wifi, had to actively look for news. They chose not to for the most part, and clearly saw and remarked on the benefits of disconnection from our modern ways. We used the building as a kind of retreat where we could comfortably and safely take part in simple activities that would support our wellbeing. E.g., plenty of fresh air and walking, creative writing, talking, eating together, disconnection from technology and everyday lives.'
'I can honestly say, the only bad part was having to come home!'