New magazine! Information for women in North East Glasgow

For International Women’s Day on Tuesday 8th March Rosemount celebrated the publication of a new magazine with information for women in North East Glasgow.

Pick up a printed copy from us at 102 Royston Road, Glasgow G21 2NU or read the electronic copy here.

Tips for getting into adult learning

Getting back into learning as an adult doesn’t have to be an uncomfortable experience. A lot of people have bad memories of school and have, unfortunately, finished school thinking that was the only way to learn. “Learning isn’t for me” should never be something you think because of past experiences. Learning is for everyone – all ages, abilities, gender, nationalities and interests.

We have years of experience with learning for all ages and we know it can often be a challenge for adult learners to get back into it – no matter how much they want to. Therefore we have used the experiences of everyone from our literacy tutors to the community services manager to bring you


10 tips for getting into adult learning


1. Find out what’s on offer and what is free

First thing’s first – find out what opportunities are available in your area. Remember that a lot of courses are available for free so you don’t have to spend a fortune to learn something new. ILA funding is sometimes available to cover costs of short courses. Find out more about ILA here.


2. Ask questions, research your options

Don’t be afraid to call or message to ask questions so you know more about the course you are interested in doing. There is a higher risk of dropping out if you don’t have enough information about the course and then find it wasn’t what you were expecting. You want your way back into learning to be a success so help yourself make sure it is.


3. Find a subject you’re interested in

It is always easier to get into something if you find it interesting. Don’t give yourself an extra challenge by choosing a subject you’re not really interested in.


4. Give yourself time to get started

Pick a short course to let yourself try it out and build your confidence with learning. If it’s an ongoing course try to commit yourself to six weeks to start. Don’t give up after two weeks if you are unsure – stay with it and don’t allow a fear of new information to stop you.


5. Adult learning is not like school!

Expect to be treated like an adult. You might have had some bad experiences in school but adult learning is nothing like it. Adult learning is very different and takes place in a completely different environment. You will be treated like an adult and an equal. You have just as much of a right to be in the class as anyone else there.


6. You are doing it for you

No one is going to make you come to class and ultimately, it is your decision to get involved with learning. However, everyone wants to do well and get something out of coming to class and you will soon find that your fellow learners will encourage you to keep going – help them by doing the same!


7. Be brave!

Picking up the phone to ask questions about the course and stepping through the door for the first time are always the hardest things. It is natural to feel a bit anxious and nervous – but be brave and do it. You’ll thank yourself for it.


8. Ask for homework and information

Don’t be afraid to ask for some homework or information to read about the subject between classes to keep it fresh in your head and stay motivated.


9. Enjoy it

Learning is about more than just learning – it is a social experience as well. You will meet new people and make new friends. Enjoy it!


10. Look for the next thing…

Before your first subject/class/course comes to an end start looking for other classes in your area. By now you will have realised you can do it. Maybe you want to try something in another subject, something more in depth or maybe even a qualification?

Remembering David Robertson

It was with great sadness we learned that one of our regular users David Robertson passed away two weeks ago. David took part in different courses at Rosemount and was very passionate about photography. He was a genuine, lovely guy who always loved to share his stories about how his life was shaping out from being unemployed to getting interviews and jobs all over Scotland. David joined the Men’s Group years ago when the group used to go out sailing on a staff member’s boat, until his illness stopped him from going every week.

David was a big part of the Royston Walking Group where he was a great source of local knowledge and history. He came along every week and led the group to different places telling everyone all about the history of and stories from Glasgow. An avid newspaper reader, David often contributed with Letters to the Editor appearing in the Daily Express and the Daily Mail where he challenged ideas or pointed out errors in a humorous and reasoned way.

David was never happier than when he was outdoors in the Campsies, exploring new footpaths or walking routes and later in his life, when he was learning to sail a friend’s yacht.

David was always encouraging and welcoming to others. His support and commitment to Rosemount over the years has been incredible. On top of being an enthusiastic learner and part of different groups at Rosemount he was also involved in the steering group for the Our Place work that led to the creation of the new Learning & Events Space on Royston Road.

David will be sadly missed by those who knew him.

10 ways to save money as a new parent

Finding out you are having a baby does not just mean an extra addition to your family. It doesn’t matter whether you are a young parent or not: a child means a complete change of your everyday life, priorities and finances. However, having a new baby does not have to mean spending every penny you have. With a little bit of budgeting and planning there are many ways to save money.


  1. Pace your purchases

It is tempting to run out and buy all the baby equipment as soon as you’ve received the big news. Often you will end up not needing half of it. Ask around for what are essentials – and what you can just as well live without.


  1. Ask your friends and family

Ask them what they recommend getting but don’t be shy to ask to borrow from them as well. They might not need it anymore or you can use it until they need it again. You might even be helping them get a bit more space.


  1. Buy second hand

You can get a lot of good, hardly- or never-used second hand baby equipment online. Look around before you buy brand-new.


  1. Do your research

It’s a good idea to look around for differences in price. Sales are often on and there is a chance of saving a lot of money. Do your research and avoid paying full-price whenever you can.


  1. Avoid temptations

It’s tempting to go out and buy cute baby outfits but just remember that your new-born will grow out of them in no time. Keep it to a minimum with the number of vests, sleep suits, etc. in new-born size.


  1. Take advantages of freebies

There are many different baby clubs in supermarkets and high street stores as well as baby food and nappy companies. You often get free samples and vouchers where you can save money.


  1. There will be presents

People tend to be very generous when you have a baby. Keep the initial clothing purchases to a minimum until you know what your baby is getting from friends and family.


  1. Tidy

Make sure to keep on top of the things you no longer need. If it’s still in good condition try to re-sell it. Always avoid taking the tags off clothes until your baby wears it – it will be easier to sell in case you never end up using it.


  1. Don’t stockpile

Avoid buying nappies and wipes in bulk. You might find you prefer a different brand or your baby outgrows the nappy size and then you won’t have saved any money.


  1. When to spend money

Be realistic when making big purchases. Maybe you use public transport a lot or you have a car – both will have an impact on which travel system will work best for you. There are lots of reviews online to find out about unexpected advantages and disadvantages of different products. Sometimes it is worth spending a bit more but make sure it will work for you.


Check out a couple of good tools for budgeting and saving money:

Baby Cost Calculator

Budget Planner

Sorting our your money when you’re pregnant

Baby Money timeline


Rosemount supporting Children in Need

Friday 13th November was the day of the Children in Need appeal show and of course, we joined the nation-wide pyjamas party at Rosemount Lifelong Learning!

Children from Rosemount Childcare & Rosemount staff supporting Children in Need in their PJs

The children and staff at Rosemount Childcare spent the day in their pyjamas fundraising on Wednesday 11th November. Friday the 13th it was the staff at the Learning & Events Space’s turn to come to work in their PJs!

Our Child Development worker Mags was Pudsey-ready!
Our Child Development worker Mags was Pudsey-ready!

At Rosemount we have had great support from Children in Need. We have been able to hire Mags, our Child Development Worker for the Family Links team, because of funding from Children in Need.

Michelle King is the Family Services Manager and is in charge of the Family Links service: “Children in Need provide valuable resources to the Family Links team which allow us to provide a much needed service to vulnerable children in North Glasgow. The service helps improve life chances, increases opportunities and supports children to reach their full potential”.

On Friday afternoon the children and teenagers in the Family Links service had a pyjamas party in the Learning & Events Space. They coloured in Pudsey Bear, did arts & crafts, played games and Christine, the Teenage Development Worker for Family Links, did face painting.


We would like to say a big THANK YOU to Children in Need for all of their invaluable support – both for Family Links and for all the other amazing causes and organisations they support to help children in need.

Rosemount Lifelong Learning raised £180.31 for Children in Need.


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From Asmara to Glasgow: The Untold Stories of Eritrea

From Asmara to Glasgow – two cities thousands of miles apart and two cities that seem like completely different worlds to one another. This was the story that the young Eritreans told the audience at Rosemount and North Glasgow Integration Network’s evening of Eritrean culture, politics and history.

The event was planned and presented by young people who had made the journey from Eritrea to Scotland. Monika, Integration Development Worker at North Glasgow Integration Network, had arranged this opportunity to show the people of Glasgow what Eritreans come from – and how many struggles they’ve had to go through to get to Scotland.

The Learning & Events Space was buzzing with people, music, dancing and the amazing smells from the home-cooked food the volunteers had brought along to introduce the audience to Eritrean culture.

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To find out more about North Glasgow Integration Network, visit their Facebook page

Minister for Youth and Women’s Employment joins Employability Consultation at Rosemount Lifelong Learning

On 8th October Rosemount Lifelong Learning hosted an Employability Consultation Event on behalf of the Scottish Government.

From 1st April 2017 the employment support services in Scotland will change. Employment support for disabled people and those at risk of long term unemployment will be devolved from Westminster to Scotland. The Scottish Government has hosted a range of employability consultation events around Scotland to get feedback from organisations, businesses and service users about how to ensure fair, sustainable and successful employability support in Scotland.

The consultation was a chance for local organisations and employability support users in Royston and the surrounding area to talk about what already works well and what could be improved in the future.

Annabelle Ewing MSP, Minister for Youth and Women’s Employment, started the morning off by welcoming everyone and giving a brief overview of the work the Scottish Government is doing to prepare for these changes. She joined the discussion alongside North Glasgow Community Food Initiative, Royston Youth Action, young mothers from Rosemount Lifelong Learning’s Young Parents Project, Rosemount Development Trust, Copperwork’s Housing Association, Blochairn Housing Association and many other organisations and users of employability services in the North East.

Minister Annebelle Ewing MSP welcomes everyone to the Employability Consultation Event

While the discussion was introduced by Annabelle Ewing from the stage it was continued at four different tables around the Learning & Event Space. The feedback from each table was collated by staff members from Rosemount and then sent off to the government for their continued planning of the restructuring.

Rosemount at the Big Fun Run

5 kilometres through a grey but dry Bellahouston Park on a Saturday morning in October. That is what 27 staff members from Rosemount Lifelong Learning, friends and family got up to for the Big Fun Run on the 10th October.

At 11am everyone was ready in Rosemount t-shirts, tutus, umbrella hats, fairy wings and sparkly glasses to do the 5k run to raise money for Rosemount Lifelong Learning.

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All ages were represented and several staff members brought their family and friends along.

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The amount raised will go to much-needed improvements to the nursery – including repairs to the sensory room and outdoor equipment for the children.

At Rosemount Lifelong Learning we’ve worked for and with the community in and around Royston for almost three decades to ensure everyone in North Glasgow has a chance of reaching their full potential.

Royston is one of the most deprived areas of Scotland. The area has been affected by massive economic dislocation and the collapse of traditional industries. In the local area there are 51 % more children in poverty compared to the city average and out of work benefit rates are 51 % higher (GCC Neighbourhood profiles). In 2014, 20% of people in the NE constituency had no qualifications, which is more than double the Scottish rate of 9.4% (NOMIS). The area’s ethnic minority rates are 155% higher than the city average.

In order to meet the challenges of the area, Rosemount works with children and families, learners and parents providing a range of services and programmes including childcare, teaching (literacy & numeracy, English for Speakers of Other Languages and lots more), mental health, employability training, support programmes for young parents as well as families overcoming addictions.

It is getting more and more difficult to secure funding for these absolutely essential services and programmes.


With your help we raised £1739 for the nursery! We couldn’t have done it without your help. Thank you to everyone who joined on the day, shared our cause and donated to us!


If you want to help Rosemount’s continued work, please donate by clicking the button below or text ROSE08 £3 to 70070 to donate £3.

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The Big Lottery Fund

The Big Lottery Fund has supported Rosemount Lifelong Learning in a number of ways through the years. In 2012 we received £1.1 million to build the new Learning & Event Space on Royston Road.


In 2010, The Big Lottery Fund made a video to show the impact of the work Rosemount Lifelong Learning does in the local community. BIG’s Investing in Communities programme funded projects with the key outcome being that “Lone parents, kinship carers, families at risk, step families and disadvantaged families are more resilient and have improved relationships.”

The Big Lottery Fund supported and continuously support Rosemount’s work with the local community. This video focuses on the work supporting young and disadvantaged parents.

“When single mum Leanne Quigley lost her partner in a tragic accident she felt like her world had collapsed around her. Trying to deal with her loss in a new house, after years of living in temporary accommodation, Leanne struggled to overcome her depression and the stresses of bringing up her young daughter alone. Life was to change, however, when her health visitor put her in touch with Rosemount Lifelong Learning Centre, which supports young and disadvantaged parents in Glasgow to develop coping strategies and techniques to help them deal with their situation. After completing the six month course at Rosemount, Leanne has new friends, a newfound confidence and a career plan in place.” 

This year 2016, The Big Lottery Fund has supported Rosemount Lifelong Learning once again.

Big Lottery Fund Scotland Chair, Maureen McGinn said: “I am delighted that Rosemount Lifelong Learning has been successful in securing a Big Lottery Fund grant. The funding will make a big difference where it is needed most and I wish Rosemount Lifelong Learning every success as it goes on to develop and expand its project for the benefit of their local community.”



Seeking volunteers

At Rosemount we couldn’t do all of our work in the local community without the help of our loyal and talented volunteers. We are always looking for helping hands and if you’re looking for an opportunity to give back to your community, develop and utilise your skills and meet new people you might be the person we’re looking for!

  • Do you have experience teaching and would you like to run a course?
  • Are you a phenomenal fundraiser keen to take part in events to raise donations for Rosemount’s work?
  • Would you like to further develop your community engagement experience in an area with plenty of opportunities?
  • Do you want to get involved with your community’s newspaper the Royston Rag?
  • Do you want to create and develop your own community group but need a place to meet?

If so, get in touch on 0141 553 0808. Let us know a little bit about yourself and what you’re interested in and we’ll try our best to find an opportunity for you.

We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

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