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The Glaisnock Trust


The Glaisnock Trust is a new social enterprise established in January 2003 in response to a review of the business birthrate strategy and enterprise education (determined to succeed).  The centre for entrepreneurship and creativity offers a residential facility that promotes innovative creative thinking and entrepreneurship as a new solution in tackling the many barriers young people living in coalfied priority ward areas throughout Scotland experience in pursuit of their right to work.


The centre for entrepreneurship and creativity will act as a social enterprise catalyst within an area suffering economic decline and support the creation of sustainable new social enterprises, new business start ups, jobs and a community resource for culture and creativity.


Complimentary to enterprise education the centre will offer young people aged 15-25 a two week residential intervention where they will experience a new learning process using visual and performing arts, creative thinking and aspirational team building to enhance confidence and instill the spirit of enterprise.


One of the major attractions is the opportunity for youngsters to be inspired by celebrities, brought in as mentors to work with the students.  Both Evelyn Glennie and Barbara Dickson have already given the project their backing.  Glennie said, "the Glaisnock Trust is fully aware of the need to help expose young people to a whole range of fantastic experiences through the arts which can only help make each of them wonderfully creative in all they do for the rest of their lives."


The learning process has taken three years research and development and has captured the imagination of a wide range of people including world leaders in the field of new learning methodologies.  This replicable project offers a dynamic vision for the future stability of young people and communities to move on from being content to accept the label of disadvantage towards demanding the best.


Scheduled to start April 2005 the centre will provide residential courses for enterprise, entrepreneurship, citizenship, core skills and new technologies through the medium of drama, music and visual and performing arts.


Glaisnock House is a four-story listed building that had lain empty since 1997 and was in a serious state of disrepair.  It was built in 1833 and was the 'big hoose' on Glaisnock Estate for the next 100 years.  After the First World War it was converted into a boarding school and in 1973 it became a residential centre for outdoor studies.  Thanks to the Glaisnock Trust, Glaisnock House and its grounds will once again become an integral part of the local culture, creating employment, drawing in tourists and hosting cultural events throughout the year.


Thanks to the following organisations this unique project will reach out to young people throughout Scotland instilling the spirit of enterprise, providing creative solutions to overcome lack of confidence, nurture a can-do attitude and self-belief to enable young people to create a better future.


Funding Partners


Equal theme C – development partnership, objective 3 ESF, The Moffat Trust, Bridging the Gap, East Ayrshire Coalfield Social Inclusion Partnership, Kilmarnock College, East Ayrshire Council, The Minerals Trust, Coalfield Regeneration Trust, Diageo, Ayrshire Key Fund, corporate sponsorship.


For more information, contact:
Mary Chadwick
Tel: 01294 465499

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Company Registration No. 278156. Scottish Charity No. SC 029210