Lairg Learning Centre 20th Anniversary

The 25th of November marked 20 years since the Lairg & District Learning Centre was set up.

Lino Printing with Louise Worthy from our Project Seasons of Change. This project helps students enhance their understanding of climate change through classes, workshops and events. Since April 2020, the project has worked with over 800 students.

We feel incredibly proud to have been serving the Sutherland community for 20 years, and have held classes ranging from Italian to Beginner’s Excel to Foraging! To show how far the centre has come, and where we are heading, we have asked some people to share their thoughts on the centre.

“The Lairg & District Learning Centre has come on leaps and bounds from the early days. It is excellent to meet new people and to find new challenges. The staff always go the extra mile, I love it!” (Marj Mackenzie, Student)

“I have found that so many people have fond memories of the centre, whether it is through attending a social crafting group, being helped with their employability or digital skills, or having a great time at one of the classes or workshops. It is clear to see, the Lairg & District Learning Centre has had a positive impact on many people in Sutherland.” (Natalie Dunbar, Digital Marketing Assistant)

“The pandemic has changed how we work- we’ve been able to grow and evolve in ways we had never imagined. Introducing online learning has helped us reach students from across the world! The money we make from these classes goes back into subsidising spaces for Sutherland residents, ensuring income is not a barrier to learning. It’s an exciting time and we can’t wait to welcome our students, current and new, to our learning. “ (Rhionna Mackay, Manager)

“2022 is Scotland’s Year of Stories, a year in which stories inspired by, created in or written in Scotland will be showcased. Whether we write them, read them share them or inherit them, the magic of words can transport us to different worlds, inspire us and teach us. The Learning Centre will be running some exciting workshops and events to capture your imagination and celebrate our unique area and heritage!” (Sarah Forrest, Project Manager, Seasons of Change)

And finally, thank you! We appreciate everyone who has helped at the centre, from the tutors, funders and volunteers that allow our learning to take place, the community that has supported us, and of course, all of our students. We cannot wait to see what the next years will bring for the Lairg & District Learning Centre.

by Natalie Dunbar

Last Updated on 4 December, 2021 by Kyle Chronicle

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