History of the Centre
The project was initiated in 1996 following extensive community consultation which identified a pressing need for an indoor sports and recreational facility to cater for everybody in our community.
A charity, Assynt Leisure, was established by a committee of volunteers, who set about raising funds and commissioning a feasibility study. In order to pool resources, two other local organisations, the Assynt Christian Community Youth Project, (A.C.C.Y.P.) and Assynt Community Education, (A.C.E.) joined forces with Assynt Leisure to set about building a single centre that would cater for an extensive range of needs.
Architects were commissioned in 2001 to design and manage the building project. Construction began early in 2004 and our new, unique centre was officially opened on 29th July 2005 by HRH The Princess Royal.
Assynt Leisure offers something for everyone in our community and is a lasting testament to the resourcefulness and industry of the people of Assynt.
This wonderful facility would not exist were it not for a large and determined group of volunteers whose huge and unstinting efforts and determination, often in the face of formidable financial, bureaucratic and technical obstacles, succeeded in bringing this much-needed and greatly appreciated community asset from conception to completion. As a community we owe them all a debt of gratitude for their work which continues to this day.
Kelly Standlick - Centre Manager
Sharon Bartram - Learning Centre Development Manager
Liam Taylor - Receptionist (Part-time)
Sandra Callus - Learning Centre Administrator (Part-time)
Marianne Hutchison - Learning Centre Assistant (Part-time)
Moira Taylor - Spinning and Kettle Bells Instructor (Volunteer)
Ailsa Kinnaird - Spinning Instructor (Volunteer)
Derek Spencer - (Volunteer)
Board of Directors
Roddie Kerr - Chairperson
Jackie Templeton - Director & ACCYP (rep)
Kirsty MacLeod - Treasurer
Derek Spencer - Director
Fiona Saywell - Director
Dorell Pirie - Director
Kelly Standlick - Secretary
The Learning Centre strives to make a difference to the lives of people in Assynt by providing opportunities which enhance education, increase employability and encourage enterprise.
We work with adults of all ages and abilities as well as local community groups and businesses in developing peoples’ skills. A lot of our programmes are free, sometimes there is a small fee and where courses lead to an accredited qualification then an Individual Learning Account (ILA) may be available.
Join in our Autumn and Winter programme of Adult Education Classes. There’s a wide range to choose from across topics as varied as Arts and Crafts, Languages, Technology, Traditional Skills, the Landscape and Environment. The classes keep changing too to keep up with demand. We have a bank of talented, local Tutors to run the classes, which adds a special dimension to the learning experience.
And if you are thinking of a college or university course, come and talk to us too as we have links with North Highland College, West Highland College and the University of the Highlands and Islands.
For Community Groups and Businesses we can organise Regulatory training such as First Aid and Food Hygiene.
And together with North Highland College we can help you to increase your staff’s skills through accredited training such as Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs) and Modern Apprenticeships. To arrange a meeting about this just call the Learning Centre on 01571 844123
Finding funding to enable the Learning Centre to offer a range of services is always ongoing and we are keen to generate employment opportunities where we can. But there’s a place for volunteers too, especially helping with adult literacy work and language skills. Let us know about your skills if you want to get involved.
Contact the Learning Centre Team on 01571 844123 or write to The Learning Centre, Assynt Leisure, Culag New Pier, Lochinver, Sutherland, IV27 4JP or email email@example.com.
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Sport, Youth & Learning Centre
Culag New Pier
Sutherland IV27 4JP
Tel. 01571 844123