Awards, Collaborations and Projects!!

We hope you are enjoying your October week off, taking the time to relax and maybe catch up on any work due.  It has been quiet here, but we still have a few week news items and updates to pass on.


Congratulations To …..

Blue Triangle Celebrate 40 years!

Blue Triangle CelebratesThe College was delighted to be invited along to Oran Mor to help Blue Triangle Housing Association celebrate its 40th Birthday and launch our partnership.  With presentations from Fiona Stringfellow, CEO with Blue Triangle and our own Craig Green, a fashion show, a choral interlude and performance poetry (all superbly delivered by BTHA service users, volunteers and workers!) it was a joyful and excellent event, topped off by a presentation of Community Achievement Awards by Alan Sherry to four of BTHA’s volunteers and service users.

The key to our partnership is a set of shared values and we look forward to working closely with BTHA in the future.

Congratulations to everyone and thank you for involving us in your splendid event  –  Here’s to the next forty years!!


NG Homes Celebrate Caroline’s Community Achievement Award

NG Homes Community Awards 2Caroline Allison, a tenant and volunteer worker with NG Homes celebrated last week when she was awarded her Community Achievement Award at Level 5.  Clare Bird at NG Homes was delighted to see Caroline rewarded for all her hard work in supporting the work of the housing association.

This is Caroline’s first qualification and her confidence has grown enough that she has now enrolled on the Active8 programme in community development and is looking forward to moving onward and upward.  Congratulations!!


Join the Tea Party

ESOL Students having tea - 7th Oct (2)The Faculty of Health, Care and Learning Development held the first of this year’s ‘Tea @GKC’ events for our ESOL students to meet each other and students from throughout the College for a chat, some nibbles and a refreshment.

The students rolled up their sleeves and got involved with the event which was an entertaining, light hearted and noisy session!

ESOL Students with Alan Sherry - 7th OctAlan Sherry took the opportunity to come along and join in the fun!

Well done to the Students’ Association and, of course, to George Gillen for the organisation and motivation  –  looking forward to the next one!


Market Maker Competition

We now have we have 8 teams signed up for the Market Maker. The teams (and teams leaders) are as follows:

  • V-8  –  Ryan Milligan
  • Finding whiskers  – Danielle warren
  • Student Clothing  – Scott Watson
  • Wydie – Liam Carmichael
  • JJARS® – Jamie kelley
  • BoldPrint-  Gary-Paul Rigley
  • Team Tenacity – Kirsty Williamson

The teams will attend a workshop on Tuesday 20th October 2015 to help them prepare for the competition.  We wish everyone well and will keep you up to date with how things progress.


From Recycling to Upcycling

The schools group are upcycling and created one off jewellery pieces.  They are running two recycling projects, one for gardening and the other for jewellery and accessories.

So if you have any old scarfs, beads, watches, cogs, brooches, scraps of fabric, unwanted pots, cuttings, half used bags of compost, or any other small garden items you could donate then they will be upcycled and used to create new items.

If you have something you would like to donate, please hand it into the Reception at your campus.


That’s us for now, but see you all back in classes on Monday and then back here next Friday for our newest blog update.

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