Morgan Stanley supports new Caledonian Club project

28 January 2015

Morgan Stanley supports new Caledonian Club project

The project will bring together parents and children from Glasgow for a unique summer school

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) has secured a donation of £60,000 from the Morgan Stanley International Foundation to deliver a groundbreaking Caledonian Club project.

Starting in July 2015, the Families Learning Together @ GCU project will bring together parents and children from five disadvantaged Glasgow communities for a unique summer school, designed to encourage positive family relationships and healthy life choices.  Families will benefit from free educational activities such as cookery and nutrition, as well as social activities such as a family and child sports day.

GCU’s positioning in the heart of the city offers an opportunity to bring families out of their own communities to meet new people, build their confidence and develop key life skills in a safe and supportive environment.

Feedback from existing Caledonian Club members has shown that although families have aspirations for their children, parents may lack the knowledge, awareness and experience of available routes to take. The two-year project will deliver family engagement activity, adding to the core Caledonian Club programme, which works to address issues of low aspiration, unemployment, social isolation and poor health in five of Glasgow’s most disadvantaged areas – Barmulloch, Castlemilk, Dennistoun, Drumchapel and Springburn. 

Eleanor Wilson, Director of Outreach and Community Engagement at GCU said: “Family engagement is a vitally important element of Caledonian Club activity, with parents playing an integral role in raising children’s aspirations. Thanks to funding from the Morgan Stanley International Foundation, we’re now able work even closer with some of the families who need our support most.”

The work of the Caledonian Club has been recognised by the Morgan Stanley International Foundation as part of their work to make a positive impact in the communities in which they operate, including Glasgow.

Anish Shah, Community Affairs Manager at Morgan Stanley International Foundation, said:  “We are delighted to support the Caledonian Club and look forward to working with Glasgow Caledonian University to improve the health and education of children in Glasgow over the next two years.”

For more information on the project, or to find out how to support GCU, contact the Development & Alumni Office.