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The Lairg & District Learning Centre is a company limited by guarantee with a board of directors comprising local people with experience and knowledge of Central Sutherland and representing different sectors of the community. The board has overall responsibility for governance matters and for the strategic direction of the centre. Board meetings are held once a month.
Irene Mackintosh is currently Regional Digital Participation Manager with national charity Citizens Online, which seeks to work with a wide range of partner organisations to ensure resilient models of digital skills provision. She also works in the FE/HE sector with Jisc, as part of a national team delivering digital solutions for research, student engagement and practice. Irene has a background in adult learning, funding, community engagement and capacity building. She is a mother of four feral children, a frustrated academic, Future Learn addict, and relatively new dog owner.
Morag MacDonald has lived all her life in Lairg. She attended Lairg Primary and Golspie High School before completing Enrolled Nurse training at University of Stirling Raigmore campus in 1983. She has worked for Bank of Scotland since 1990. Morag has been involved with various committees over the years some being - Play Group, School Parent Council and Board, Community Council, L D C I and is Treasurer of Lairg Branch Macmillan Cancer Support. Morag has participated in Sewing, Wreath Making, and Cake and Christmas workshops. She also took part in creating the Learning Centre Water Garden Feature.
Doreen returned to Lairg 47 years ago and has been actively involved in the community, serving on various committees, ie Ladies Convener of the Lairg Crofters Show for 35 years. For several years she worked with Community Education, in the village organising evening classes for adults. She has been involved with the Learning Centre from the beginning, serving as a committee member/director, and as a student in various craft and IT classes.
Rita has lived in Lairg for 13 years and been involved with the learning centre since it first opened in 2004. She was a member of the original Lairg Learning Association. Rita has worked as a seamstress, childminder and care worker and as a cleaner at the learning centre so has good knowledge of housekeeping matters. Rita has also been a learner at the centre for 10 years and brings a learner’s perspective to the Board of Directors. She enjoys gardening and photography in her spare time.
Sanaa McLeod of Moroccan origin worked in administration and marketing department in Casablanca before she moved to the UK over six years ago.
Sanaa took part in different courses as a learner like Cambridge Certificate and also recreational workshops such as cake decorating and sewing. Sanaa helped with administration tasks and volunteered as an ABE teacher. She worked as a cleaner at the Centre too. With the Centre’s staff guidance, Sanaa took on some teaching training (TEFL, ESOL, ITALL) and delivered a number of courses like SQA class, French language and IT classes. Sanaa is hoping to utilise her knowledge in languages and tutoring to provide services that could benefit Lairg and Sutherland community. Whenever possible, Sanaa enjoys practicing her beauty therapy skills on friends and family.
As a tutor of Patchwork and Quilting at Lairg Learning Centre and as a founder member of Schoolhouse Quilters who meet every Monday in the Centre, Diane is in an ideal position to listen to what her fellow quilters and the students in her class think of the Centre and pass any ideas or constructive criticism to the Board.
Mary has had a varied work history over the years but mostly it was clerical. Her last job was as a receptionist/telephonist in a company making fork lift trucks with a large export department so she greeted and directed customers from all over the world. She retired 12 years ago. She has attended the Lairg learning centre as a student since it began and took evening classes in the school before that. She learned to use the computer which has been extremely useful to her when she took various writing and literature courses. The LLC is really important to Mary having greatly improved her quality of life and she will happily do whatever she can to keep it going
Marjorie was born in Lairg and started work in the Dornoch Bank of Scotland. Once she married, she moved to Rogart and became a business proprietor with her husband. Their Post Office and store is in the hub of the village and offers local employment opportunities. Marj is responsible for all of the clerical work for the business, as well as being a Post Office Counter Assistant.
Adrian has been associated with the area for over 8 years having taken early retirement from the financial service industry in the South East of England. He currently runs a busy self-catering holiday business with his wife as well as being a professional masseur. Adrian's first contact with the centre was as a learner but now also offers courses on Financial Planning as well as Massage Therapy. When not working Adrian enjoys nothing better than exploring the Highlands, bird watching and photography. “One day I will try my hand at golf again but at the moment I’m a bit too busy being semi-retired!”
Lily has an M.A from Edinburgh University Teching Diploma and Special Educational Needs Diploma from Moray House College of Education. She has 27 Years teaching experience 7 years of which spent in Special Education. She was Headteacher in Rosehall Primary for 15 years. Lily was promoted, Secretary + Treasurer of Rosehall Community Arts for several years, last 2 years as a Treasurer only until 2012. Commitees: Rosehall Hall Committee (Chair), Was WRI Chair, and Secretary, Co-founder of Rosehall History Society, PTA’s was Secretary, Rosehall four Seasons club (Chair) (Age Scotland).
Anne Morrison has been involved with Lairg Learning Centre in various capacities since 2005. She has been employed as assistant co-ordinator, tutor, development worker and (briefly) acting manager. Anne now works as a teacher for Highland Council and is one of two community representatives on the SSE Achany and E.ON Rosehall Community Funds Panel, serving Lairg. Anne and her husband, Sam Barlow, a blacksmith, live in Toroboll, on the outskirts of Lairg. Two of her children attend Lairg Primary school while two attend high school in Dornoch.
Lairg & District Learning Centre currently employs the following staff.
Tutors are contracted on a self-employed basis, paid an hourly or daily rate and are responsible for payment of their own tax and NIC.
Jane is an experienced trainer and has taught recreational classes, such as crafts and creative writing, adult literacy and numeracy, as well as a wide range of business training such as accountancy (AAT to technician level), management (SVQ to level 4), business administration (SVQ levels 2 to 4) and bespoke training in QuickBooks, Sage and Microsoft packages.
She managed a training centre in Inverness before joining Lairg & District Learning centre in 2011. Initially employed as the Development Officer, she progressed into the role of Financial Advisor in 2013 and Manager in 2014.
Paula is the administrator at Lairg & District Learning Centre. Before she worked with us she managed her own franchise business, teaching babysigning and coordinating 4 tutors. She is a fully qualified book-keeper .
Ryan joined the team in 2015, having regularly volunteered in the Centre over the past ten years. In addition to producing posters and undertaking class administration, he manages technology in the centre and teaches computer maintenance classes. He has attended a range of business classes, and enjoys helping people with their IT equipment problems.
Tracie is an experienced administrator with a keen interest in crafts and upcycling. She worked in the tourism industry for a number of years and has a range of experience which includes business administration, marketing, and event planning. In her spare time she likes getting involved in community projects and is the current Chairman of the Lairg Crofters Show.
Graham is a time-served builder who ran his own house-building business for many years. Graham has always been passionate about upcycling, transforming all types of waste material into usable objects. He is a skilled artist and musician, and loves fishing and fly tying.
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To provide or assist in providing local facilities and resources designed to support lifelong learning and skills development.
To raise awareness of the benefits of lifelong learning and stimulate demand.
To develop pathways that encourage and allow local people to meet their potential.
To support a network of freelance tutors capable of delivering high quality learning at local level.
To promote the benefits of social enterprise for the community.
To move towards increased sustainability.
To foster a progressive learning environment among staff, directors, volunteers and learners.
To develop and deliver a high quality programme of learning and promote it throughout Central Sutherland.
To attract funding that will enable us to offer courses and workshops at subsidised or no cost for those unable to afford standard fees.
To raise a proportion of income through fee paying courses, room hire and service delivery contracts.
To build capacity in the local business community by offering targeted and bespoke training.
To help local people into jobs.
To support a network of freelance tutors in delivering quality local learning.
Lairg and District Learning Centre was set up to meet a demand for learning at local level and opened to the public for the first time in April 2004. Since then, our learner numbers and our range of classes and workshops have expanded year-on-year.
The learning centre is run by three part-time staff and governed by a Board of Directors with considerable local expertise. All of our Directors act in a voluntary capacity. The learning centre is registered as a Scottish Charity SCO 33900 and a Charitable Company Limited by Guarantee SC381425.
We offer a friendly, well-equipped environment for all sorts of individual and group learning. The facilities include:
Room One – A flexible learning space that can be used for classes, discussion and meetings. It features state-of-the-art video-conferencing facilities, on a 50-inch plasma display, which is also an interactive whiteboard. Boardroom style layout will accommodate up to twelve delegates; theatre style will accommodate fifteen. A large whiteboard, flip chart and wireless broadband are available.
Room Two – A flexible learning space that can be used for classes, discussion and meetings. It features a PC with wall-mounted screen. Boardroom style layout will accommodate up to eight delegates; theatre style will accommodate twelve. Wireless broadband and a flipchart are available.
I.T. Suite (upstairs) - A training suite equipped with six workstations, each station fitted with a Windows 8 PC with a range of software such as Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop, and internet access. It also features a computerised whiteboard/ projector, and a flip chart.
Room 3 (upstairs) – a medium sized meeting room featuring a hexagonal table, for 6 delegates. This room also features two iMacs.
Room 4 (upstairs) – a small meeting room, suitable for one-to-one meetings or sole working.
This room can accommodate 12 or 15 persons
A 50'' plasma screen, perfect for presentations and video-conferences
Students and staff collaborate to keep our communal kitchen tidy
Wireless broadband and a flipchart are available in room 2
A training suite equipped with six workstations
Lairg Learning Centre front garden
Each workstation is fitted with a Windows 8 PC, and internet access
Medium sized meeting room
Small meeting room, suitable for one-to-one meetings
© Lairg & District Learning Centre 2015-2017
Design: Silvia Muras Graphic Design