The Gaitherin (SC027604) is a registered charity based in Aberdeenshire which works with young people through the medium of music (traditional and contemporary), dance and drama to try and help them build successful learning skills, increase their self worth and self confidence and help them become better at forging friendships and working together
towards a common goal.
The Gaitherin is held twice a year, one for primary and one for secondary students. The Gaitherin for primary school participants (aged 8 upwards) is in the first week of the Easter holidays and the Gaitherin for secondary school participants is in the first week of the
The Gaitherin runs all day from 10am to 4pm, Monday to Friday and offers the participants the chance to try multiple activities of their choice and work on improving them over the course of the week. This culminates in a concert for family and friends on the Friday evening.
Whilst it helps to enjoy music, it is not necessary to already play an instrument in order to take part in the Gaitherin. There are group games, arts, sports and much more during the week so something for everyone. The week is run by a team of tutors and youth workers who between them have a wide range of skills and qualifications to offer.
For some participants there is a residential option. 24 participants (usually the older ones for each Gaitherin) can choose to stay at the Sir Arthur Grant Centre (SAGs) near Monymusk where evening activities and more youth work takes place.
The venues for 2019 is Alford Academy.
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