2014 was another busy year for Kibble as we continued to strengthen our provision for the young people that use our service and it’s all documented in our latest Annual Review. We celebrated milestone birthdays; Intensive Fostering Services and KibbleWorks, our collective of youth training and employment enterprises, reached the ripe old age of ten. Kibble’s latest venture The Experience, a themed entertainment and events venue, also a social enterprise, opened its doors to the public for the first time.
We are always very proud of the achievements of our young people; and 2014 was no exception with many playing an active role in community life, and participating in charity and fundraising events. We had two baton bearers in the Commonwealth Games, 66 pupils achieved 297 SQA units across 29 different subject areas, and caring pupils spent over 2000 hours volunteering at primary schools, care homes and community projects.
2015 is shaping up to be equally as exciting, as we commemorate 175 years since Miss Elizabeth Kibble wrote her Last Will and Testament, ultimately laying the foundations for Kibble. The Experience continues to go from strength to strength and in addition to housing Scotland’s only electric indoor Go-karting Arena and The Academy restaurant, it now also offers Laser Experience, a giant Slot car track, a range of summer clubs, the Karting with a Conscience programme, and a variety of events and party spaces. It has just been awarded the prestigious 5 Star Quality Assurance grading from VisitScotland, presented to venues which they rate as exceptional. The Academy restaurant also received the VisitScotland Taste our Best award recognising a delicious menu using locally sourced, fresh seasonal produce.
During the summer Intensive Fostering Services will open Arran Villa Care Home in Largs. It will provide an early intervention service for up to five at risk children (age 5 – 12) who present challenging behaviour. Kibble will also continue to grow its school service for younger children with the addition of Garnock Lodge Primary School.
Read more about our 2014 highlights by downloading a copy of our annual review or contact Kibble on 0141 889 0044 for a paper copy.