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Annexe Learning

For three years until 2010, the Annexe delivered highly successful and popular classes which focused on improving literacy and numeracy, including English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL).

The initiative was supported by Partick Housing Association and primarily funded by the Scottish Government’s Wider Action programme boosted by additional financial backing from Glasgow City Council.

In response to local need and to make classes more meaningful, a very varied range of learning approaches was designed to deliver around eight hours of direct learning activity each week. These included film-making, music and media classes, survival English, health literacy, song writing, and beginner computing.

Learning class: digital photographyThe project’s success was due to Annexe Communities’ approach to learning – tailoring needs on an individual basis rather than on groups as a whole. Some learners used song writing and poetry to work on improving their literacy skills, for example. Around 32 took part each week, with around 90 registered learners each year. Participants contributed to the annual Aye Write festival while others went on to take up courses at local colleges.

Volunteer tutors were recruited from the local community and trained to support and complement class tutors; some volunteers went on to gain qualifications and employment in the field. Participants were supported to work on group projects and help each other, with guidance from the tutors. Occasionally it was difficult to distinguish learners from tutors and this encouraged an inclusive learning environment.

Learners worked on projects based on real life and many gained confidence to try other activities and classes offered by Annexe Communities such as stained glass workshops. This ensured students continued their connection with The Annexe; many are still involved today as volunteers or sessional staff.

Sadly the economic climate meant that the work could not be further supported beyond 2010 as part of mainstream funding. Glasgow City Council Community Learning transferred some of the learners to their literacy classes in the local library and these continue today.

However, we strongly believe demand for learning services remains and is currently not being met through existing channels.

If you would like to support the continuation of learning services in the areas we serve or need any advice on any of the above topics for your community please contact our Business Development Manager, Lainey Docherty at this email address or telephone the number below.

We will be happy to hear from you.

Email: lainey.docherty@annexecommunities.org.uk

Telephone: 0141 357 6747