Glasgow Kelvin College is thrilled to learn that its pioneering project, Springburn Community & Youth Hub, is a finalist in this year’s Herald Higher Education Awards and has been shortlisted in the Widening Access category.
The Hub is an exciting initiative which runs for two evenings per week at the College’s Springburn campus in the heart of the North Glasgow community. It delivers health and lifestyle skills and activities to local young people, adults and children all under one roof. The programme provides learning opportunities in a safe, welcoming and social environment where families can make friends, have fun, learn and potentially progress to college.
Developed in early 2021 as a response to a need for amenities and activities for young people during the pandemic restrictions, the project plans were developed to include adult learners and children from 4yrs and up. In partnership with Police Scotland, Springburn Community Hub and NG Homes, the College opened its Springburn Campus in October to establish the Springburn Community & Youth Hub. The initiative is funded through the College’s Widening Access Budget which targets community capacity building and engagement.
Staffed by College Teaching Staff, Community Learning & Development workers, Support Staff, students and youthworkers, the College offers a range of engaging and fun activities.
These include taster sessions in Hair, Beauty, Fitness, Healthy Eating, Digital, ICT. Sports, games and creative activities are delivered to 4-11yr olds under the guidance and supervision of trained Sport and Fitness students and staff and a range of outdoor activities such as water-sports and orienteering are being enjoyed by local young people.
The project is already delivering qualifications at Levels 2 and 3 and encourages participants, many of whom have few or no qualifications, to continue their learning journey by potentially progressing onto mainstream programmes. Numbers continue to grow on a weekly basis.
As a renowned community anchor, the Hub is further developing the College’s ability to support community provision and widen access to opportunity in communities where the effects of the pandemic were felt most acutely, delivering on its ambition and priorities of strengthening communities and building capacity.
College Principal, Derek Smeall, said:
“We are delighted that the College’s work in the community is being recognised in this way and are thrilled that this innovative programme has been shortlisted in such a prestigious and high profile awards ceremony. To find ourselves in a field of such impressive finalists is a real pleasure. Glasgow Kelvin College’s ethos addresses widening access for all, from entry-level right through to advanced level and the Springburn Community & Youth Hub is an inspirational model for creating progression opportunities for our communities.”
The Herald HE Awards ceremony takes place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Glasgow at the end of May.