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Annual Report 2011 - 2012


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Rotunda Annual Report We are extremely proud of what Rotunda has achieved over the last year, in what has proved to be one of the most challenging times for the third sector since records began. The Trustees would like to publicly acknowledge The Executive Management Team, Staff and Volunteers for their continued support, resilience, drive and passion to deliver a unique alternative and holistic learning experience to the people of North Liverpool and beyond. Our overall aim for 2011/2012 was to improve Quality Assurance systems in Human Resource and Service Delivery, thus increasing our ability to access commission based contracts making Rotunda more sustainable, while

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Our Proudest Moments It is difficult to single out our most proudest moments, as our successes in 2011-2012 have been many; however Rotunda is thrilled to announce our commitment to lifelong learning and the personal and professional development of Rotunda Staff and Volunteers has been officially acknowledge by achieving the prestigious award of ‘SILVER’ for Investors In People. This award symbolises 3 years of hard work and commitment and demonstrates Rotundas’ professionalism in developing its staff/volunteers and service delivery. Justine Cole Rotunda Deputy Nursery Manager won North West Regional Adult Learner of the year 2012 Award from 3500 nominations testimony to Rotunda’s commitment to lifelong learning and supporting staff with their personal and professional ambitions. Thank you to Liverpool Vision for their contribution by funding the application process.

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Contents

Welcome To Rotunda - Maxine Ennis (CEO) ........................................................ 1 Our Proudest Moments ............................................................................................. 2 You Are Here .............................................................................................................. 3

Quality Assurance & Rotunda’s Nursery Provision ............................................... 4/5 Rotunda Learning based Counselling provision ...................................................... 6 Health & Wellbeing .................................................................................................... 7 Art Engagement Programme .................................................................................... 8 Young People (Out Of School Club) ........................................................................... 9 Capacity Building: Staffing ....................................................................................................................... 10 Freinds Of Rotunda .................................................................................................... 11 Financial ..................................................................................................................... 12

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Quality Assurance & Rotunda’s Nursery Provision

Quality Assurance and Rotunda’s Nursery Provision Continuing with Rotunda’s quality assurance commitment we are also very proud to announce that our wonderful Nursery is officially ‘Good’. Ofsted referred to the children’s learning environment as stimulating, comforting and safe stating ‘Well-established planning procedures ensure each child makes steady progress with good quality staff interaction resulting in fully engaged children’. During the period of 2011 - 2012 Rotunda Nursery enrolled over 80 children and worked very closely with their families offering general support and guidance. Central Government funding for 2 year olds with additional learning needs had contributed greatly to funding in 2010, towards our work with the more vulnerable families, However this funding was cut in 2011 - 2012 which left a deficit of £10,000 generated income, but Since receiving ‘Good’ in our Ofsted report Rotunda Nursery will be one of the few specialist nurseries eligible to continue to support families in this way under the funding programme 2012 - 2013.

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One of Rotunda’s main supports and delivery partners is Business In the Community. BITC offer work placements and mentorships to our young people, as well as on-going business advice and guidance to Rotunda’s executive management team. We are very grateful for all the support BITC provides for our Employability programmes and overall business strategy. Rotunda has secured 4 separate contract based commissions since 2011 and appears on 6 individual approved provider lists, including The National Offenders Management Service, Achieve North West, Merseyside Probation Service, Oakmere College, Liverpool Community College and Liverpool Education Authority. All of which demonstrate Rotunda’s ability to deliver unique, tailored learning programmes to all ages and abilities. Our enabling programmes are one of the key components to our uniqueness providing additional support to learners that need more specialist support to allow them to move forward with their learning.

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Quality Assurance & Rotunda’s Nursery Provision

Our intention to be a direct deliverer of educational programmes continues to go from strength to strength as Rotunda’s alternative approach to community learning is increasingly acknowledged by commissions as the way forward for those with multiple and complex needs.

Rotunda’s alternative approach and extensive knowledge of working with families with multiple and complex needs has also been demonstrate by the success of our first Foundation Learning Programme directly delivered by Rotunda. This was made possible by SFA funding and working in partnership with Oakmere College, following the successful delivery of a pilot Alternative Route to Employment programme funded by Deutche Bank for 16 to 19 year old. The pilot Intensive Personal, Social, Development (Enterprise) course saw 5 young people with ADHD, ADD and other specific learning needs achieve the equivalent of half a GCSE in just 15 weeks. The successful delivery of Rotunda’s first formal learning programme has resulted in two permanent employment posts being created – an Education Programmes Manager and delivery tutor, taking Rotunda’s staff team to eleven. On the 1st September 2012 Rotunda signed a contract with Liverpool Community College to extend this programme further and we look forward to reporting the successful outcomes next year.


Rotunda Learning based Counselling provision

Rotunda Learning based Counselling provision Over the last three years we have provided over 800 people with 20 hours of free counselling (total counselling hours 15,120) to clients whose age ranges from 15 to 80 which demonstrates that many learners present with other underlining issues that simply cannot be dealt with in the classroom. Our counselling service not only provides the enabling support learners need to move forward with their lives, but also allows trainee counsellors the opportunity to develop their professional skills in counselling. It is extremely difficult to access funding for this absolutely essential part of Rotunda’s service. We are very appreciative of what little we do get and specifically thank the Hemby Trust for their support this year.

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Rotunda’s holistic approach to learning and the wellbeing of the community we service means we have hosted a variety of diverse health and wellbeing initiatives specifically designed to encapsulate the Social Prescribing Concept using the Arts a tool for rehabilitation and regeneration. Merseyside Primary Care Trust are a major funder of Rotunda’s Health and Wellbeing agenda and we have ran several projects throughout the year promoting the 20/20 decade of wellbeing. Rotunda was also the first Community organisation to achieve the ‘Wellbeing Charter’ demonstrating our commitment to quality assurance and the health and wellbeing of all our learners, staff and volunteers.

We are especially grateful to Merseyside Probation Service Community Payback team for all their hard work and we are proud to announce that as a result of their involvement in the creation of the garden 26 offenders received UCAS recognised accreditations in ‘Work Experience’ many of who have become Volunteers at Rotunda and accessing other educational programmes. Business In the Community have also supported the programme via their “Give to Gain” corporate Volunteering programme which saw 12 volunteers create 10 pieces of art work in the form of wooden Fruit and Vegetables for display on the gardens walls. Moving forward Art and art engagement initiatives will feature more prominently in the garden.

To help facilitate Rotunda’s health and wellbeing agenda, Liverpool Archdioceses have generously leased the land behind 107 Great Mersey Street to Rotunda for the creation of a Community Garden which with funding from the PCT has been transformed from an urban brown fill site to a hub of intergenerational, health and wellbeing initiatives. The “Natural choices” project is just one of the programmes we have delivered this year funded by the PCT and the Mersey forest partnership reaching over 500 people this year The Natural Choices Project together with Project Dirt is part of a City Wide initiative engaging 38 communities across Merseyside showcase their vision of what healthy communities is all about. Rotunda’s contribution would not have been possible without the support of Merseyside Probation Trust.

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Health & Wellbeing

Health & Wellbeing


Art Engagement Programme

Art Engagement Programme Rotunda’s Arts Engagement strategy and outreach programme has been extremely successful this year reaching over 1000 new learners of all ages and abilities with 50% progressing to further educational opportunities either delivered by our partners Adult Learning Services, Workers Education Association Liverpool Community College or Rotunda’s own programmes. The work of Rotunda’s Art Coordinator funded by culture Liverpool is pivotal to this success. Rotunda’s annual intergenerational programmes, reached the largest audience numbers yet, with over 300 local families attending/involved in the community Christmas Panto ‘Cinderfella’ and over 400 community members turning out for our Summer event which acknowledged the ‘100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. Funders for both intergenerational events were Liverpool youth and Play Service, Adult learning Service, LHT and Culture Liverpool.

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Young People (Out Of School Club)

Young People

(Out of School Club) Over the last three years we have provided over 800 people with 20 hours of free counselling (total counselling hours 15,120) to clients whose age ranges from 15 to 80 which demonstrates that many learners present with other underlining issues that simply cannot be dealt with in the classroom. Our counselling service not only provides the enabling support learners need to move forward with their lives, but also allows trainee counsellors the opportunity to develop their professional skills in counselling. It is extremely difficult to access funding for this absolutely essential part of Rotunda’s service. We are very appreciative of what little we do get and specifically thank the Hemby Trust for their support this year.

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Capacity Building - Staffing

Capacity Building Staffing

Rotunda’s Board of Trustee are especially grateful to Gardner Systems PLC in particular Phil Corfield for his invaluable support to Jayne Eccleston our Finance Manager as we upgrade our management accounting systems. Thanks also to Lloyds TSB for recognising the significance of good governance and financial controls as Rotunda moves forward with its sustainability programme by granting a two year funding application for our Finance Manager. Our annual turnover has increased from £300,000 to just under £500,000 thus the need to increase the Finance Managers hours in order to maintain robust financial controls. Equally, we would like to extend our appreciation to Morgan Foundation for funding Rotunda’s Volunteer Coordinators post. Our Volunteer programme is the backbone of our service delivery, without which Rotunda would simply not exist. We currently have 31 volunteers working across rotunda’s services all of whom are working towards a qualification and gaining vital work experience to help with their future employability. The Development Manager along with the CEO have worked tirelessly to source appropriate funding streams to support the organisation and most notable have secured £1.4 million Heritage Lottery Fund grant for the renovation of our vacant grade 2 listed building, 107 Great Mersey Street. This is a massive achievement for both Rotunda and local residents in not only saving our valuable local heritage but creating a unique facility which will attract many more people to the area.

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Henry Smith has funded the development manager’s post since September 2008; Tudor Trust has funded the CEO’s post from June 2009 both being significant roles to Rotunda’s future sustainability. The CEO has raised the profile and operational capacity of the organisation in a way that has not only breathed new life into a much loved community asset but enabled it to become a respected and professional provider of a whole range of community and educational services. It is clearly apparent to staff, service users and partners alike that the CEO’s strategic vision has taken the organisation to another level. The Development Managers attention to detail has provided the platform for future investment and development confidence.


Capacity Building - Freinds Of Rotunda

Capacity Building Friends of Rotunda

Rotunda would like to thank all the members of Liverpool City Rotary for their on-going support and advice. The Rotary group adopted Rotunda as its first charity in 2009 and has given so much in kind eg the development of Rotunda Friends, a business plan for the nursery. Membership of this group has enabled us to launch Friends of Rotunda . Lady Newby (the wife of the vice chancellor of Liverpool University) and senior members of a variety of departments within the university are now actively involved with Rotunda. More recently the high-sheriff Colonel Martin Amlôt OBE Martin and his wife Daphne attended Rotunda’s Annual Volunteer of the Year Award and presented certificates to the winners, a wonderful event made even more special by his presence. The relationship with Rotary, Friends of Rotunda and Business in the Community, has opened the door to many opportunities which allows the Rotunda to develop beyond the confines of the building, towards having a city-wide presence.

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Financial Review

Financial Review Income totalled £639,574 which was an increase of £251,367 over the previous year. Expenditure totalled £384,440 which was an increase of £20,924 over the previous year. A further £167,126 was spent on the refurbishment of 107 Great Mersey Street. There was thus net income of £255,134, compared with net expenditure of £24,691 in the previous year.

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Contact Information & Location Address

Rotunda has created many ways for you to contact us. You could visit/post to our address below. Contact us by Phone, email or via our website.

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Vauxhall Road

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Stanley Road

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SANDHILLS TRAIN STATION

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Commercial Road

Derby Road

Tel: 0151 207 2971 E-mail: info@therotunda.org.uk Url: www.therotunda.org.uk

Lambeth Road

Sandhills Lane

Scotland Road

Address: 109 Great Mersey Street, Kirkdale, Liverpool. L5 2PL

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Tel: 0151 207 2971 E-Mail: info@therotunda.org.uk Url: www.therotunda.org.uk

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Rotunda Annual Report 2012