Health and wellbeing at heart of GCU families project

30 June 2016

Health and wellbeing at heart of GCU families project

Parents and children will benefit from the Caledonian Club programme

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) is delivering a family-focused engagement programme over the summer for parents and children from disadvantaged communities.

The Families Learning Together @ GCU project, run by the University's Caledonian Club, brings together parents and children from Barmulloch, Castlemilk, Dennistoun, Drumchapel and Springburn, with the aim of encouraging positive family relationships and promoting healthy lifestyle choices.

Over three days, families participate in educational activities including cookery and nutrition, confidence building and first aid. There is also a session by Glasgow Science Centre's education department. The University's articulation programme College Connect will provide information on employment opportunities and offer careers advice to parents. Families will also take part in a range of social activities including sports day and a quiz hosted by the Caledonian Club's professional drama practitioners.

Glasgow Caledonian University Foundation secured support from the Morgan Stanley International Foundation to deliver the groundbreaking project, which is now in its second year. The programme runs from June 29 to July 1 and again from August 1 to 3.

Eleanor Wilson MBE, Director of Outreach and Community Engagement at GCU, said: "Family engagement is a vitally important element of the Caledonian Club's activity, with parents playing an integral role in raising children's aspirations.

"This is a fantastic 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."

John McGrory, Managing Director at Morgan Stanley, said: "Giving back is a core value of Morgan Stanley and its employees, and we are proud to be able to provide this vital funding and support to the programme."