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Posted: February 14, 2024

To mark the end of Children’s Mental Health Week 2024, pupils at Forest View Primary held a special fundraiser and raised a whopping £234 for mental health charity, Place2Be.

The pupils and teachers did an incredible job in putting on a bustling Fundraising Fayre complete with a home baking stall, nail bar, temporary tattoo parlour, wellbeing gifts, customised tote bags and much more. What’s more, each of the stall were managed by the children who greeted all who attended with a friendly smile and handled the money and change – young entrepreneurs in the making!

Education Manager Elizabeth McDonagh commented:

“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you who made it to the Forest View Fayre this morning. It was so lovely to welcome you and we are all really appreciative of you taking time out of your busy schedules to attend. The children loved the experience of it all 🙂

“Well done to all the adults and children for their creativity and efforts. There was a lovely atmosphere when I popped up and everyone appeared to be having a really nice time.” Deborah Burke, Service Manager.

A lovely way to kick-start the weekend and a great amount of money which will go towards supporting children’s mental health across the UK. Well done team Forest View, we are all very proud of you!

Posted: February 12, 2024

Pupils and adults took part in Saving Energy Day to learn more about the impact energy usage has on our environment. Pupils, teachers, Chef Cammie and more all got involved.

Forest View Primary Teacher, Heather, explained how everyone spent their day: “Myself and the other teachers all incorporated energy usage, environmental sustainability and climate control into our lessons. Pupils experienced what school was like without the use of technology. We also used less electricity in the classroom with lower lighted instead of the main overhead lighting. Young people enjoyed the novelty of not using electricity and were open to learning with different resources.”

“Younger pupils took part in quizzes and crosswords and when learning about renewable energy, they built windmills using cardboard tubes and straws to replicate wind power.”

“Forest View is a therapeutic primary school with plenty of outdoor garden areas and farmyard animals. Outside brings plenty of opportunities to learn more about the natural environment too.”

“Chef Cammie who is already mindful of climate change, took the time to spot even more ways he could get involved and potentially use even less electricity. There are small things everyone can do when preparing food in the kitchen to use less energy and Cammie has made great efforts to consistently carryout each action. His lunch menu included a pot of Lentil soup and tasty sandwiches.”

“Overall the day was a success and gave us an opportunity to discuss our environment and the future of renewable energy. We’re now more than ever determined to stick to our climate actions.”

All at Kibble understand the importance of the world moving towards a greener and more sustainable way of life. As an organisation we are increasingly taking action to reduce our contribution to the carbon footprint. Kibble’s Goudie Academy achieved the prestigious Eco Schools Green Flag award, and across all locations, young people have helped create posters and stickers to remind us all to play our own part in switching lights off when we leave the room. By taking part in Saving Energy Day, it reminds us to make an even greater effort each day.

Posted: February 6, 2024

We’re delighted to announce the opening of Cochrane House, Kibble’s latest residential children’s house based at our Paisley campus. 

Cochrane house is comprised of three individual houses, offering two 3-bedroom and one 4 -bedroom accommodation for young people of secondary school age. The houses are warm, welcoming and modern in style, and each has been sensitively designed by our inhouse designer to reflect the needs of young people with experience of trauma. 

Each of our three houses has been designed in line with Kibble’s Therapeutic, Trauma-Informed Model. Echoed across our services, this ensures all aspects of young people’s care, from the nature-inspired interiors, tranquil gardens, skilled staff teams and seamless integration with other services, promotes an environment where young people are safe.

As with all of our houses, the rhythms and routines at Cochrane House are typical of traditional family-living, with comfortable and modern living rooms, and large kitchen/dining areas to prepare and enjoy mealtimes together. There are spaces for young people to play computer games, watch films or curl up on the sofa with a book and a hot chocolate. All bedrooms are ensuite with walk in showers, and there is a is a large shared bathroom in each house. The houses have been designed to draw the outdoors in, with large bi-folding doors bathing the rooms in natural light and leading onto landscaped gardens.  

To enquire about residential places at Cochrane House, please contact 0141 889 0044 or email referrals@kibble.org.

Posted: February 1, 2024

Students at Kibble’s Skills Academy who are working towards painting and decorating qualifications completed St Mirren’s first-team changing rooms to the high standard expected from a professional football club.

Practical skills are essential for aspiring painter and decorators and the students were extremely motivated to put their techniques into practice. Their SCQF Level 4 qualification in Construction Craft and Technician involves learning about different paint types, paint brushes, plastering and how to apply the various paints. The design brief requested St Mirren’s iconic black and white stripes as a feature wall and all young painters excelled at the attention to detail required for the real-life construction project.

Skills Academy Instructor Paul gave credit to the students, sharing that their enthusiasm inspires him to be the best educator possible. He said: “Being able to provide young people with valuable work experience is an essential part of The Skills Academy’s purpose to equip young people with life-long skills and the self-belief to build a bright future for themselves.”

“The students completed the project with great professionalism.”

Instructor Paul

St Mirren’s first team changing room transformation is a tangible example of young peoples’ incredible achievements and joins the club’s training complex renovation and hospitality entrance refurbishment. Kibble’s partnership with St Mirren continues to develop a fun and engaging young workforce development programme, which empowers young people and enhances employability.

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Meet Skill’s Academy Instructor Paul who is mentoring young people in Painting and Decorating. Those interested in gaining qualifications in a valuable trade attend Kibble’s Skills Academy and complete work experience alongside experienced Painter Paul.

Skills Academy Instructor Paul has been a painter since leaving school and has redecorated houses, schools and various council buildings. Now he has his most fulfilling role yet, passing on trade skills to ambitious young people.

Together, young people and Paul carryout maintenance and developments at St Mirren Football Club’s SMISA Stadium and Training Complex. Recent projects completed by The Skills Academy involved redecorating the club’s first-team changing room at the stadium and renovating the floor at the training grounds.

“In my role at The Skills Academy, I have a purpose. I want to be the best version of myself and be a role model to young people.”

Instructor Paul

Instructor Paul continued, “At The Skills Academy, young people are given responsibilities to help carryout exciting practical projects – projects that motivate me and them! While I am always there to help them, young people themselves must also problem-solve and use their own initiative and they are extremely determined to finish any task to a highly professional standard.”

“It is fantastic to see young people grow in confidence and maturity due to their experience carryout our work placements.”

 “I was inspired to change my career during the global pandemic and the dedication shown by essential workers. I wanted to find a new a job and be someone who made a difference.”

“My daughter’s friend told me she wanted to grow up and be a Doctor. I asked, ‘Why?’ – and I must admit I thought she would mention the good salary. However, she replied, ‘to help people’.”

“I decided myself to re-evaluate the reason for going to work every day and to start a rewarding career that I was proud of.”

“It is a privilege to spend time with young people and hopefully help them build their own rewarding career.”

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There’s lots of careers at Kibble including working at The Skills Academy, our education and training centre. Let Skills Academy Instructor, Paul tell you more.

Careers at Kibble

Paul shared, “I began my Career at Kibble by finding out about the new job through a friend. I was searching for jobs in Paisley, where I live and had heard about Kibble and when my friend explained the role, I knew I had to look further into Kibble’s career opportunities.”

“The role of Skill’s Academy Instructor answered my search for a meaningful and rewarding job. I enjoy coming to work.”

Posted: January 25, 2024

Young people who attend The Skills Academy to study construction take pride in helping maintain the club’s SMISA stadium and Training Complex.

An amber weather warning for Renfrewshire was issued as gale force winds were forecasted. The gusts of up to 60MPH headed towards St Mirren’s SMISA Stadium and managed to damage the dug-out area.

The stadium’s open space accelerated the wind, which flew past the football pitch shelters and impacted the advertising boards that proudly feature the club crest and main sponsor, Digby Brown.

Kibble’s Skills Academy swiftly began repairs. Young people who attend the academy to gain construction qualifications carryout development projects and maintenance across the stadium and training grounds. The real-life work placements contribute towards their coursework. Alongside their instructors, young people were qualified to answer the call-out.

The Skill’s Academy Construction Instructor, Craig, said: “To see the confidence young people have in taking initiative to solve any issue presented to them is brilliant. We want to continue working side-by-side with St Mirren to suggest new ideas and keep young people motivated.”

“Young people enjoy learning valuable trade skills and seeing a project progress from beginning to end is the best way to keep them interested in achieving their qualifications.”

Posted: January 23, 2024

We’re recruiting for Domestic Assistants across all our locations. There are permanent jobs in Paisley, Glasgow and more. Whether you’re looking for part-time cleaning jobs, full-time jobs or evening jobs, there’s a role to suit you.

Domestic Assistant

Permanent | £12 per hour | Closing date: Thursday 15th February

As a Domestic Assistant, you will play an essential role in making sure the place is an enjoyable place to be by keeping it tidy and organised. 

About Kibble’s Domestic Assistant Job

Kibble is one of the UK’s largest children’s charities with residential children’s houses, school classrooms, catering kitchens and office cleaning spaces. We’re recruiting for friendly, hard-working individuals with cleaning experience to help maintain cleanliness levels across all locations.

Our domestic assistant job is like no other, it is not you’re usual cleaning job, instead you join a close-knit team and become a friendly, familiar face to young people. You’re kind and caring nature means you’ll fit right in. Kibble is recognised as a top employer and offers you flexible working.

Why Work with Kibble?

You’ll receive exceptional staff benefits, which include: generous holidays, access to a pension, long service recognition as well as maternity pay. Also, a free gym membership, physiotherapy, cashback for health, free meals and parking.

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Kind-hearted young person, Katie, has raised a phenomenal £1150 to support the homeless and Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity. Her determination to help others led her to set up a special Christmas fundraiser baking and selling delicious cakes and sweet treats, magic reindeer food and raffle tickets.

Thanks to her entrepreneurial spirit, the appeal exceeded her expectations, enabling her to create packs of warm clothing and essential items for those without a home, and help fund life-changing equipment, support services and research at Scotland’s largest Children’s Hospital.

Katie, who originally set up the appeal to help the homeless, was overwhelmed by the generosity of others, and was able to split the funds raised between two charities close to her heart.

“I wanted to try and do something to help, in any way that I can. It used to be that you would see older people living on the streets, but it breaks my heart to see so many younger people now too. If I had a mansion I would give them all a home. I have a roof over my head, but so many people don’t and I want them to know there are people around then who care about them”.

Prior to Christmas, Katie made up 20 gift packs for people living on the streets of Glasgow this winter. The packs contained items of warm clothing, hot food vouchers, toiletries and a Christmas card to help bring a smile. 

Last Friday, Katie was invited along to Glasgow Children’s Hospital to present a cheque for £650.09, whilst hearing and seeing first-hand the incredible work of the charity in supporting children and their families. We’d like to express a sincere and heartfelt thank you to Katie for the generosity she has shown in raising this incredible amount for those who need a helping hand this Christmas. Her passion and enthusiasm for making a difference saw her baking round the clock, thoughtfully gift wrapping each item, distributing around Kibble and making up the special gift boxes which were distributed in time for Christmas. A special appeal from a very special young person.

On behalf of Katie and ourselves, we’d like to thank everyone who contributed to the appeal, whether through purchasing cakes and treats, taking part in the raffle or donating warm clothing and toiletries.

With a heart of gold, drive and unwavering commitment to help others, we can’t wait to see what Katie goes on to achieve next.  

Posted: January 17, 2024

Once again this year, talented young people at Kibble were immersed in the world of classical dance as part of The Close, run by Scottish Ballet.

The Close is an educational programme which gives young people, who may not have had the opportunity to engage with classical dance, an enriching cultural experience. For young people at Kibble, many of whom have faced adversity, it provides an outlet for self-expression, a chance to explore their creativity, develop team work skills and improve confidence.

This was a collaborative project involving five young people from Kibble, alongside teachers, child and youth workers and Scottish Ballet staff. During the four-week programme, the group attended Tramway Theatre, home of Scottish Ballet, and the Beacon Arts Centre at Inverclyde, where they learned a series of repertoire from Scottish Ballet productions. This included Scottish Ballet’s upcoming festive production ‘Cinders’, as well as dances from Twice Borne and Schachanat (Checkmate) – a work that is performed on a giant chess board.  They also explored various themes through contemporary dance and devised routines in small groups. Between rehearsals, the group also were given a tour around the facilities including studios, theatre and costume department, bursting at the seams with sequins, elegantly layered tutus and satin ballet shoes.

Young people also got to meet Scottish Ballet principle dancers and engage in a Q&A session to learn all about what led them into the profession, their favourite performances and other insights into the life of a professional dancer. The last four days of the programme were based at the studio, and accumulated in a Sharing where young people showcased all that they had learned throughout the duration of the programme. It was a really special day, where nerves and excitement merged and were conveyed through the dances.  All who came to watch the Sharing commented on the professional dynamic of the group – there was synergy and synchronicity from all who shared the floor.

Young people learned a lot from the experience and will be able to apply the new skills they have learned to their drama studies. The initial nerves they felt when they joined the ballet warm up soon faded into the background as their confidence and abilities grew with every workshop. This was in part to the incredible support and encouragement shown by the team at Scottish Ballet. 

“Different movements brought different emotions to the surface and showed us the power that movement has in line with our emotions.”

Young Person at Kibble

With Scottish Ballet’s festive favourite performance ‘Cinders’ taking to the stage last month, young people involved in the programme were invited along as special guests to enjoy the enchanted fairy tale.

Miki Lee Dale, Special Programmes Manager at Scottish Ballet said: “Scottish Ballet and Kibble have cultivated an enduring collaboration known as The Close, delving into bespoke projects that harness the transformative power of dance and the arts for the personal development of young individuals at Kibble. Our joint efforts focus on expanding their movement vocabulary, providing exploratory tools, and guiding them through creative processes.

“In our most recent venture, we delved into the core themes of our productions, including Cinders, Twice Born, and Schachmatt. The students at Kibble utilised these themes as inspiration to craft and perform their unique perspectives on these themes during a dance showcase. The success of this project is a testament to the relationships fostered between staff and pupils, and between Scottish Ballet and Kibble.”

Jim Gillespie, Chief Executive Officer of Kibble said: “Kibble and Scottish Ballet have been collaborating on The Close for a several years, opening up exciting opportunities and immersive experiences for young people.

“The impact the project has had on young people has been profound – through dance, movement and music, The Close enabled young people to explore and convey their emotion, whilst developing confidence and self-belief. This, combined with visiting the studios, meeting the dancers and receiving a VIP invitation to the upcoming performance of Cinders made for a truly unforgettable experience. I’d like to say a huge thank you to all at Scottish Ballet for helping to create these unique opportunities for young people each year.”

A huge well done to all young people involved and to education staff for making this happen. We’d like to give a special thanks to Scottish Ballet for all of their support, and for creating such a special opportunity for all of the young people. We thoroughly enjoyed coming along to the Theatre Royal and seeing the performance brought to life on stage.

We look forward to working with Scottish Ballet in the future to open up incredible life opportunities for the pupils. The partnership is invaluable for Kibble, and we would like to thank them for their ongoing support and commitment.

Posted: January 16, 2024

Housekeeper Ryan plays an essential role at Kibble as his cooking and cleaning skills, paired with his fun personality, bring a huge amount of value to Forest View and the residential children’s house where he works.

Kibble is currently recruiting for a Housekeeper and who better to describe what the role entails than existing Housekeeper Ryan. He explains his responsibilities are to maintain high cleanliness levels within the house, oversee laundry and linen as well as cook with guidance from Kibble’s Catering Supervisor.

Watch Ryan’s video as he talks us through the housekeeping role. Ryan has a love of cooking and shares that his cooking skills have further expanded since he joined Kibble.

About Kibble’s Housekeeper Job

As a Housekeeper, you are an extremely valuable helping hand in caring for young people. You are part of how we make the house a safe, clean and happy place to be. By taking care of the house, it’s cosy and somewhere we want to spend time. The smell of washed and dried clothes and bedding makes everyone feel warm and settled.

Housekeeper Ryan

The residential children’s house belongs to the young people who live there and it’s important that you’re friendly and have a laugh. We’re looking for an outgoing and cheery individual with catering and cleaning experience. An SVQ Level 1 in Housekeeping or an SVQ Level 1 in Food Preparation and Cookery would be desirable, as would a driving license.

As a growing children’s charity, Kibble recruits for roles across all locations including jobs in Paisley, Lochwinnoch, Inverkip, Glasgow, Hamilton and more. This is your chance to join us in giving young people a chance at life.