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.

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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!

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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.

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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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