Customer Highlight – The Learning Space expand their services
When the Chair of The Learning Space (TLS), Robbie Broomfield attended a SIS workshop on social investment in March of this year, it was the start of a conversation that was to lead to much more.
TLS, a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation, is based in Gavinton and operates within the Scottish Borders. Led by founder and director, David Ward, they work with and support children and young people experiencing barriers, challenges and difficulties within their learning and development.
They provide bespoke one to one, flexible learning and development experiences, activities and opportunities for young people including those experiencing extreme anxiety, school refusers, autism, ADHD, Downs syndrome and dyslexia. By focusing on mental wellbeing, development and growth, TLS have been able to make a huge difference in the lives of the young people they support.
Before he came to you Ben* just spent most of his day in his room. He would not go to school at all and he would not engage with anyone outside the family. I see him coming back and starting to explore and join in again.
In order to expand the services of TLS, there was an urgent need to extend the space available to them. Having attended our workshop and heard how social investment might provide the solution, Robbie spoke to David and SIS were then approached for a £25,000 loan to renovate an adjacent building, ‘The Bakehouse’.
David Ward said, ‘The Asda small loan facility has meant we’re now able to redevelop the building next door providing an additional three rooms and greatly increase our capacity and support more children and young people. The flexibility of the loan has been particularly helpful as it’s meant we can expand now in the knowledge that the costs don’t begin for a further 12 months’
Follow their progress here.
*Name has been changed to protect identity