Welcome to the Crossroads Lifelong Learning Partnership (CLLP).


Social Enterprise Logo We are the educational arm of the Crossroads Community Hub. We were set up in response to the closure of the original Crossroads Primary School and our aim is to re-establish an educational institution within the Crossroads Community. Scotland-unLtd-Logo   Here is a link to a short video on the aims and mission of the Learning Partnership.

Working towards the setting up of an educational institution, we have been researching rural education, both nationally and internationally. We have also looked at current issues and developments in education within Scotland and we are attempting to understand more about issues around building community capacity to the extent where it will support the creation of a community led rural school within this community.

Research More details of this aspect of the CLLP are available in the Proposal Document for Rural Community Education at Crossroads. Proposal Document

Grants Travel Grant The first grant we received was a DTA travel award to visit the Henry Morris Village Colleges in Cambridgeshire. The work and vision of Henry Morris is mentioned in the Proposal doc and our visit to Sawston and Impington Village Colleges in June 2013 has led to the positive formation of constructive links with the Henry Morris Trust and provided clarity around how community and school can work together in ways which are highly beneficial and supportive. The visit was very informative, constructive and gave much better insight into the breadth and depth of vision which Henry Morris brought to education in the 1930’s and how the Village Colleges have managed to maintain a sense of their original founder’s principals.

Social Enterprise Grant We are a Social Enterprise and have been awarded the first stage grant of the Firstport Social Enterprise award scheme. This grant is for the setting up of the after school, youth and adult education aspect of the Partnership. To this end we have piloted community led and tutored classes with some members of the Ayrshire Home Education network for the past 2 years. This has given us a good understanding of local skills, knowledge and teaching abilities and has helped us to develop a bank of community tutors who are willing to further develop their skills and experience. More details of this aspect of the CLLP and how it has developed are available in the Forging Ahead Doc.

Forging Ahead- the plan in development

Forthcoming Events

Bicycle Servicing Course with Killie Can Cycle

4 week course 21st Nov – 12th Dec., at West Overland Farm, Hurlford, KA1 5JY, £40, book now with crossroadslllp@btinternet.com

1) Conversational French Classes for Beginners

The CLLP is delighted to announce another welcome Partnership with Fabienne and Fab4Languages as we roll out our first series of Conversational French classes for adult beginners.

We’re starting a 10 week course on Tues 22nd of Sept at 1pm, looking forwards to building our skills in speaking French for business and pleasure.

Contact us on crossroadslllp@btinternet.com for more details.

2) Relationship Dynamics

The Crossroads Lifelong Learning Partnership and Learn and Change are delighted to announce an inspirational one-day workshop with like-minded people in the relaxed setting of Dumfries House Estate.

This course syncs with the shared ethos of both of our organisations to create deep, lasting and positive adjustments in how we better understand how constructive relationships are built and maintained, bringing quality lifelong learning experiences to Ayrshire.

Exploring key elements to building happy, healthy relationships with partners; children; families and in the workplace.

What:          Take away tools, techniques and skills to build strong social, family and workplace relationships.
Exploring 7 keys to healthy, happy relationships including personal core values, communication,              assertiveness and managing conflict.

When:         Friday 30th October, 10:00 – 16:00hrs

Who:            Facilitator: Sylvia Brown, Master Behaviour Coach, Learn and Change Sylvia is a personal development                          consultant with over 20 years’ experience in helping people flourish.

See her profile at  www.learn-and-change.com

Where:        The library, Dumfries House, Dumfries House Estate, East Ayrshire KA18

Cost:             £55.00 per person including light lunch and refreshments.

Enquire:        07850 368985
Book:            Sylvia@learn-and-change.com


Past Events

The W.B Yeats Poetry Event

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The CLLP is delighted to announce its next event, in partnership with The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, we have invited Kate Hendry, poet, tutor and editor to discuss the life and work of W.B. Yeats, one of Ireland’s most-loved poets.

Kate’s reader’s workshop on Yeats at this years Edinburgh International Book Festival has already sold out and it’s great news that she has been able to bring her pre-festival tour to Ayrshire and in particular she is bringing a unique poetry event to the place commemorating the birth of Robert Burns, one of our own most-loved poets.

The event is at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, Murdoch’s Lone, Alloway, Ayr, KA7 4PQ on Sat 1st August 2015 at 2pm

Tickets are £10, please call or text 07477 503563  for card payments.

The Crossroads Woman’s Group is relaunching with a night at the Cookschool on Mon 11th August at 5.45pm. Cost is £40, call text or email us on the contact details below to add your name to the list.

History Talk The first event of our Youth / Adult lecture series was having Sir Tom Devine to talk on “The Highland and Lowland Clearances” in Nov. 2013. This, our inaugural event was sold out, with history enthusiasts travelling from near and far to hear Prof. Devine’s enlightening and informative narrative on what was a period of huge and monumental change for rural communities in Scotland. You can hear the complete lecture, including the Q and A session through this link.

The Sir Tom Devine Lecture Click here to watch the lecture

The Questions and answers Click here to watch the Q&A with Tom Devine

Family Burns Supper Thanks to all who attended The Family Burns Supper on 25th January at Craigie Hall. A great night was had by all. Big Thanks to The Cookschool for their cooking coaching and advice on presentation skills to mums and kids. Many thanks to everyone who made a valued and enthusiastic contribution to making the night a success and giving the kids a chance to experience and develop skills in event management, performance and hospitality.

Our March 2014 event was Dr Carol Craig from the Centre of Confidence and Well-Being talking on the topic of “What Price Happiness ?” Carol discussed a range of subject matter from her books “The Scots Crisis in Confidence” and “The Great Takeover: How materialism the media and markets now dominate our lives.”

Here is a link to Carol’s talk and the Q and A session.

It looks likely that our next event in the Youth/Adult lecture series will be on innovation in education, so stay tuned for news on dates and times when our itinerary has been confirmed.

Our old school Facebook page has had a recent relaunch, you can have a look at it here, Stuart Mcinnes from Ayrshire Colleges has done a fine job of remodelling a logo from the old school badge as the images of the cow, the anvil and the book are as relevant to us as ever they were to us, with some modern twists. A tablet in place of a book, but other than that we are still rural and developing skills in effectively making and doing;

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Project Leader Isla Brown,

The Crossroads Lifelong Learning Partnership,


Mobile Admin 07477 503563

Isla 07919 553002