Our Stories - Blairvadach Residential Unit

Four young people are preparing for a once-in-a-lifetime trip to the fabulous city of Barcelona in Spain.
The kids, aged between 12 and 17, live at Blairvadach, a residential unit at Rhu in Argyll and Bute.
They are there because they have all suffered from some kind of emotional difficulty or family trauma in their early years.

Now, to “broaden their horizons” two adult carers are taking them to the capital of Catalonia and all the marvellous sights it holds.
Alexis Mulvenna, a senior residential worker at Blairvadach, said the party would be visiting Antoni Gaudi’s spectacular unfinished cathedral, La Sagrada Familia to experience the work of the famous Catalan architect.
But to bring things bang up to date, the youngsters will also receive a tour of the Nou Camp, the spectacular home of FC Barcelona.
Said Alexis:”Barcelona is a big and exciting city – we want to broaden the horizons of the young people.
“Some of them have never even been on a plane before so they are bound to enjoy new experiences and a completely different culture.”
The group will pitch up to a sunshine villa, which has been secured at rates far more favourable than all six booking into a hotel.
And part-funding the trip is the Teddy Bear Foundation, which was delighted to contribute £225 which will be used to pay for a Barcelona city tour and the trip to the Nou Camp.
Brian Docherty, another senior residential worker at Blairvadach, added:”This will increase their self esteem, making them feel good about themselves.
“It should also give them the confidence to manage their every-day lives more positively.
“Along with lasting memories, it allows for the best chances to succeed in life once they move on from us.”

La Sagrada Familia

Gaudi's La Sagrada Familia and Nou Camp Stadium, Barcelona

Nou Camp Stadium

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