Peterhead group receives practical support to learn new skills

A group of people from Peterhead are currently benefiting from a flexible online course providing accredited learning, practical support and employability skills to North-east families.

Wednesday, 31st March 2021, 7:00 am
Bryan Mackay, of Aberdeen Foyer, is delighted to receive the cooking utensils from Mark Morgan, of Stella's Voice.

Foyer Families – a 16-week programme launched by Aberdeen Foyer and funded by the Scottish Funding Council’s Tackling Child Poverty Fund – provides flexible support to families with children aged up to 12 who want to achieve accredited learning and employability skills.

In addition to learning, the course also provides practical support and coaching to build confidence, prepare for work, learn how to budget and cook, as well as other areas of personal development.

Working in partnership with North East Scotland College (NESCOL) Foyer Families provides parents with young children the opportunity to achieve an accredited City & Guilds Extended Level 1 Certificate in Employability Skills. Courses such as REHIS Food Hygiene, Paediatric First Aid certificates and child development workshops are also included.

The Foyer also received a generous donation from Peterhead-based international charity, Stella’s Voice, which provided cooking utensils and equipment to support the practical cooking sessions.

Bryan Mackay, Service Manager, said the Foyer had seen a sharp increase in the demand for its services due to unemployment and other fallouts from Covid-19.

He added: "Feelings of isolation, anxiety and low confidence have been heightened during times of severe lockdown. Foyer Families can help connect and empower people. Helping people remain engaged in education and learning, and encouraging confidence and positivity requires a concerted effort. Foyer Families strikes the delicate balance of providing practical and vocational learning, at a pace that suits busy families with many existing commitments.”

The current cohort includes 10 individuals from the Peterhead area. The course runs three days a week, with childcare and digital kit provided to those that need it. Feedback from those on the course has been very positive.

For information on the next admission of the course, go to or email [email protected]