Murton Trust manages a thriving nature reserve, visitor farm and tea room, on the outskirts of Forfar. Murton provides a unique environment in which children, young people and adults can learn and develop skills for life. We wish to enrich people’s lives by using our site as an educational tool that has a positive impact on all ages.
As a Scottish charitable organisation with a dual purpose, situated on a former sand and gravel quarry, Murton Trust manages and enhances the natural heritage on the 100 acre site and currently utilises the landscape to provide opportunities for young people from Angus and Dundee (aged 14-19) who are disengaged from formal education, to gain meaningful vocational qualifications or work experience in hospitality and land based skills.
Murton Trust is a Scottish Qualification Authority (SQA) accredited vocational training centre, our education programmes make significant differences to the futures of challenged young people. We support those currently at school and those who have left school with no positive destination who are at risk of future social and employment exclusion, as a consequence of little or no school achievements.
We also operate Murton Tots Outdoor Playgroup throughout term time, working with pre-school children in an outdoor setting introducing them to the benefits of playing outdoors and experiencing nature at an early age.
Since opening 11 years ago, the nature reserve has become a hidden gem, teaming with wildlife including otters. The 80 acre nature reserve flourishes with diverse habitats; lochs, wetlands, woods, wild flower meadows, and nesting sites for sand martins. An abundant array of wetland and wading birds including Little Ringed Plovers a local biodiversity priority species are thriving. The management and design of the site mean paths and seating afford views, and provide access to nature without encroaching nesting sites or damaging habitats. The visitor farm and tea room have grown in popularity and are firmly established as a tourist destination, featuring in the list of top 20 places to visit in Angus. Murton recognises the importance of tourism to its future sustainability and has become a key player in the Angus Tourism Cooperative established across the county by tourist attractions, hospitality businesses and accommodation providers.
Parent to Parent support parents and carers of children with additional needs living in Angus, Dundee and Perth & Kinross. We can provide one to one emotional support, group support, workshops on managing challenging behaviour, advocacy at meetings and appointments, information about local services and links to other parents with a child with an additional need. Children and young people with additional needs can also receive advocacy and support to help them voice their worries and concerns to parents, teachers, social workers etc.
DV8 is a youth group for young people aged 16-25 who have issues with their sexuality, or with the sexuality of a member of their family. You can drop in on Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm .
We offer a safe and friendly environment and discuss issues affecting the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) community and their families.
Sports club open all year. Cricket club meets April to September. To promote cricket for youngsters in the area, and to provide top class facilities for seniors to play in local and national leagues. District and international matches held periodically.
Forfar Out of School Club (FOOSC) operates 3 types of clubs (Breakfast Club, After School Club and Holiday Club) based at Langlands Primary School and Strathmore Primary School in Forfar.
The group’s home is Dibble Tree Theatre and during the year presents a pantomime, two full-length plays and two one-act plays. There are currently over 150 members. The club is affiliated to NODA (the National Operatic and Drama Association) and to SCDA (Scottish Community Drama Association). The group has a busy social calendar, has an active youth presence and enters productions in the SCDA Competitive Festivals.
A charity that offers young people a range of services to aid their social and personal development. Operates a drop-in four nights a week where young people can get together in a safe and friendly environment. Young people also have the opportunity to speak with youth workers, health workers and other visiting professionals. The service also provides a day-time drop in for young people who are not in employment, training or education.
Guidance and training for parents and professionals, to enable positive change for children with autism and other disabilities based on the science of behaviour. We use positive reinforcement to teach appropriate communication skills to promote positive behaviours and relationships
Our sessions are for people who
– want teach children communication, social & self-help skills, play
– want to better understand behaviour, token economy, schedules
– are interested in autism and interventions recommended by research, NHS & Education
We also offer bespoke packages tailored to clients’ needs.