Putting The “I Can” Into Your Life
Rosemount Lifelong Learning grew out of a parents’ group which was started by Save the Children Fund in the basement of a block of flats in Royston in 1978 after the community had been badly affected by the closure of the nearby British Rail Engineering works. Save the Children developed the Rosemount project in 1991, offering a nursery and vocational courses for mothers who wanted to return to work. In 1993, the Rosemount Project moved into the Millburn Centre, an old school building that had been completely redeveloped by a new community organisation, Rosemount Development Trust.
In 1998, there were two major developments – the Rosemount Flexicentre opened in a former nursery school building in Royston Road, offering a crèche, adult education classes and access to computers for men and women. In the same year, Save the Children Fund pulled out of the Rosemount Project, and a Board of Directors was appointed to manage the new charitable company, which became Rosemount Lifelong Learning. Most of the Directors of the new organisation were women who had benefited from training and childcare at Rosemount. Rosemount Lifelong learning continued to offer vocational courses for women, adult education at the Flexicentre and childcare at both centres.
In 2000, Glasgow City Council began to house asylum seekers in flats in Sighthill, Royston and Red Road, and Rosemount responded to the needs of this new group by offering women’s support groups, childcare and English classes. Ten years later, asylum seekers and refugees are involved at all levels of Rosemount, including as members of the Board of Directors.
By 2007, changes in European funding led to a move away from women’s vocational training and a shift towards supporting young parents and their children through our Making a Difference programme. We developed the Family Links service which supports children and parents affected by problem drug or alcohol use. We started to deliver adult literacy, parenting classes and Making a Difference in other parts of Glasgow.
We have been involved in several academic research projects which have examined the effectiveness of our work. In 2010, in partnership with Glasgow University, we published ‘Seven Blind men went to see the elephant: the impact of community based learning in the Rosemount Flexicentre’ which found that the Rosemount Flexicentre achieved significant impacts in terms of employability and integration.