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Rotunda Community College

Rotunda Newsletter Issue 5 November 2012

Rotunda Community College Rotunda Community Panto 2012 Jack & The Radio Tower The Community of Kirkdale does it again! We have had ‘Scrooge’, we have had ‘Cinderfella’ and it’s time for us to have our third community pantomime ‘Jack and the Radio-Tower!’ For the third year running we are celebrating everything that is ‘Beautiful’ in North Liverpool. Rotunda in partnership with the Everyman and Playhouse, VNC, Liverpool Youth and Play Service are showcasing 25 young people from Kirkdale and how wonderfully talented they are! The production will be held at the Silvestrian in Vauxhall on Tuesday 18th of December at 7pm and tickets can be obtained by contacting the director John Whelan at the Rotunda on 0151 207 2176. This is a very popular event and tickets go quickly; so you need to contact sooner rather than later so as not to be disappointed as this is a FREE community pantomime! The project has been made possible with funding received from LHT (Liverpool Housing Trust) Liverpool City Council and Liverpool Youth and Play Service.

Rotunda Community College The youth providers within the Kirkdale Ward work tirelessly all year round in providing activities for and supporting young people. The Kirkdale community has come together once again to showcase what can be achieved through partnership working. “Liverpool Housing Trust are delighted to financially support the pantomime along with Liverpool City Council and Liverpool Youth and Play Service, as it not only gives the community a fantastic free Christmas event, it also supports local young people in developing new skills in all aspects of theatre work” – ‘Julie Mulligan, LHT Regeneration Officer’ Location: Silvestrian - Silvester Street Vauxhall. Time: 7pm For more info Contact: John Whelan on 0151 207 2176 or

Rotunda Community College Rotunda Staff ‘Strictly Danced’ to support Roy Castle Appeal:

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Sunday 4th November 2012. Members of Rotunda staff‑ attended St Georges Hall and took part in “Strictly Dancing” to support the Roy Castle Appeal Jenny Roberts, (Events Fundraiser) said “I am delighted to let you know that the evening was a great success for the Foundation and raised just under £12,500 - a fantastic amount of money that will make a massive di­fference to the lives of patients and families living with lung-cancer”. Plans for our 2013 event are starting soon – so if you are interested in being involved in the event next year as a professional dancer, contestant or volunteer please visit me.

Rotunda Community College Project 107: Work Placements at Rotunda conservation site. Rotunda’s Heritage Centre development (107 Great Mersey Street) is well under way and we are currently providing six Liverpool Community College construction students with the opportunity to undertake work placements with our specialist conservation contractor. Placements will each be for 20 days from November 2012 to May 2013. They will contribute towards the students NVQ level 2 quali­fication in their respective trades, carpentry and joinery, painting and decorating, brickwork, and plasterwork. The placements are intended to encourage students to take a heritage construction module at level 3 and ultimately to gain the heritage skills that Merseyside is currently short of. If you would like to know more about Rotunda’s Heritage Centre development or would like to get involved please contact: Emma Jensen on 0151 207 2176 ex 107 Email:

Rotunda Community College Rotunda’s Alternative Route to Employment Programme – Gets a facelift!

Rotunda Community College Our young people have taken control of their own learning, what they learn and how they learn it has always been decided by them, but now, they have chosen to rename and rebrand the course itself taking real ownership of their education. Arts Awards, NVQ’s Enterprise and Vocational Training opportunities, not to mention access to arts therapist, qualified counsellors and sports activities means Rotunda College has something for everyone. Rotunda also has an Ofsted registered nursery on site, for children aged 1 and over so for any young parents, please keep this in mind as you can learn while they learn.

Chloe’s Story: Visiting Potential Student

“That was amazing. It is like they knew what my fears and insecurities were and knew exactly how to reassure me and encourage me to participate without feeling any pressure – I think I am going to like it there!”. (Thank you Kerry!!) Chloe enrolled and is settling in really well. When enrolled on Rotunda’s supported learning programme by SFA via Liverpool Community College, students are given full access to all LCC mainstream provision including Liverpool Community College student pass, library services, ITC resources etc. Speak to Kerry for more information 0151 207 2176

Rotunda Community College Rotunda Volunteer Programme The Volunteer Programme at Rotunda is designed to suit everyone, whatever their abilities, skills or availability. The sort of jobs available range from cafe assistant to reception worker; from gardener to nursery assistant. You will be given training and a chance to update your skills and confidence. We recognise the invaluable contribution volunteers make to our service and celebrate their commitment by hosting an annual Volunteers Award Ceremony; this year’s winners are featured below. Interested? Contact our Volunteer Coordinator Donna Williamson on 0151 207 2176 for further info or visit our website..

Rotunda Community College Jane’s Story: My name is Jane Johnston. Volunteer of the Year 2012.. I began attending Rotunda College 9 years ago after I was referred by my doctor to a group called Webb House that was located within the Rotunda buildings. Since then, I have studied Math’s, English, and ICT gaining qualifications and building confidence in my abilities.

What most people don’t know is that I have Dyslexia “Dyslexia effects 5 – 10 % of the world’s population and is a very broad term definition of a learning disability that impairs a person’s fluency, comprehension or accuracy in being able to read”. With the help of Rotunda and Liverpool Dyslexia Association I am now able to support others with dyslexia.

Rotunda Community College Courses Advanced Cake Decorating Creative Writing - Developing the Craft Cupcakes Maths Dress & Garment Making Introduction to Counselling Sugar Flowers English Meditation and Relaxation Volunteering in the Community Cake Decorating for beginners IT & Digital Media

Knit Wits How We Used to Live in Kirkdale. Psychology Patchwork & Quilting Culture, Socialisation and Identity Soft Furnishings Tragedy Begins At Home How to Make a Film Music for Beginners NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) The Great Debate : Medical Law & Ethics And More.......

Rotunda is a community led alternative learning resource for all ages, our registered address is 109-115 Great Mersey Street, Kirkdale, Liverpool, L5 2PL. Rotunda is a registered charity 518951 Limited by Guarantee Ltd 2050597

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