City of Glasgow College – ‘Come Oan Get Aff’ Drama Production
This initiative has seen a group of 18-24 year olds with a diverse range of learning difficulties at City of Glasgow College putting on a unique drama production. The production, in which the students researched the Games and devised scenarios to perform, has made links with the Glasgow City Bus Tour, Commonwealth Games 2014 and Gorbals Recycles-Market on the Green charity shop.
The City of Glasgow College is seeing significant success in supporting and developing students with learning difficulties. This initiative has shown that the students are capable of creative and cultural performances that are a great credit to their spirit of fun and enterprise. They have also seen that this type of activity can be hugely inspirational to not only the participating students but also to those who have been involved in their journey of discovery. Glasgow 2014 has been a major catalyst in identifying new opportunities for students with learning difficulties and this learning process has shown all involved how these students can contribute to society. The City of Glasgow College is committed to continuing to develop its support activities to enhance their experience of student life and to help prepare them for active and purposeful lives.
West Highland College UHI – The West Highland Adventure Trail
This event will be the culmination of a period of several months of careful planning by students of the University of the Highlands and Islands degree programme, BA (Hons) Adventure Tourism Management. The project aims to complete an expedition that will connect the remote West Highland communities with a Commonwealth-inspired team baton relay, taking in the most breath-taking scenery, and the most challenging coastlines and mountains of the region. The baton will journey around all 10 learning centres of West Highland College UHI, from Fort William to Kinlochleven and Ardnamurchan, then Northwards to Ullapool.
Each learning centre community will contribute aspirations for the active future of the West Highlands to the baton, to be collected as the West Highland Adventure Trail communique, bringing people together and building capacity in the local communities to encourage them to thrive and flourish.
The students’ learning journey will allow them to think about their environment and the respect that it demands, the skills and self-reliance needed as they navigate their way across the wild lands, and the rigorous planning required for such a goal. By the end of their journey, they will be able to recognise the unique contribution that each individual brings to any team, and their contribution to society and to their communities.
New College Lanarkshire – Creative Futures
The Creative Futures project is an exciting Art and Design programme with a Commonwealth Games theme, that gives New College Lanarkshire’s students a meaningful and enjoyable experience that not only engages them, but also the population of their local communities, their family and friends and a wider non-sport audience as well. Students have engaged in a number of evening workshops under the expert guidance and support of Creative Industry professionals to help them to produce exciting pieces of creative Art and Design work.
The project was a partnership approach and was funded by Big Lottery Celebrate fund, East Dunbartonshire Council, North Lanarkshire Council with art and design materials supplied by Specialist Crafts and the ArtStore in Glasgow to support the delivery of the creative workshops. The project, which was launched by world renowned public artist Andy Scott, has given their students the opportunity to be involved in and share new artistic, cultural and creative experiences that will help them to have a deeper, more valuable engagement with the arts and culture, and also sport and the XX Commonwealth Games.
The results of their work will be on display in public exhibitions in May and June to celebrate the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.