07/09/2017 - 11:39

Sion was invited to attend the Sciennes Primary School P7 conference last week. The all day event was a fantastic way for pupils to engage with their Silver Award and try out some new activities too. 

05/09/2017 - 12:02

Youth Development Project Update.

29/08/2017 - 11:50

Emma has taken some time to look through the numbers for the CAMHS project. The below is a snapshot of the project as it currently stands. 

Since 2015, the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAHMS) project has engaged 36 young people in their Duke of Edinburgh's Award (DofE). This is made up of 20 bronze participants, 12 silver participants, and 4 gold participants. 

28/08/2017 - 15:08

I don't think we can count the number of times we've seen participants wrestling on the ground trying to get the tent into the correct shape to fit into the bag, only to find it's not quite the right dimensions to fit and having to start again. If this sounds familiar then take a little while to check out our brief animation that shows you exactly what you need to do to get it right first time. 


28/08/2017 - 13:59
We are looking for a small number of young people to work with our Board of Trustees over 1 year – 18 months. You will gain experience in all aspects of running a charity including planning, fundraising, finance, attending meetings and governance.
If you are interested in learning more please contact
17/08/2017 - 14:03

Under the bright lights of the pop-up TV studio in Rathbone's training room the group were given the challenge of setting up two tunnel tents. Nobody in the group had seen this kind of tent before so the time had come to work together, set up the tents and check them over for any marks of wear and tear.  It took a while for the group to identify the different poles and how the tent should be arranged, but lots of discussion and trial and error eventually paid off.

24/07/2017 - 11:28

We are delighted to announce that FOTA have received a National Lottery award from the Big Lottery Fund to continue our excellent CAMHS project. Thanks to funding of £55,000 over 2 years, we will now be expanding this service to include Edinburgh and the Lothians, working with health professionals to support young people experiencing mental health issues to work towards their Duke of Edinburghs Award. 

28/06/2017 - 12:11

So it's been a busy few months since the 2017 DofE expedition season started. We've put together a few statistics to show the amount of work that's taken place so far. Although the expedition season officially started in March, the numbers we gather are from January 2017 - June 2017.

22/06/2017 - 18:18

FOTA are offering Open Gold DofE Expeditions later this summer. Bookings close soon so if you need a Gold Practice or Qualifying expedition please book now!