LOVE learning has announced a tripling of its turnover from last year as it also announces it has secured a place on a major Council service framework.
The third sector organisation headquartered in East Kilbride, has announced a more than a tripling in its turnover, from £198k in 2017/18 to £650k in 2018/19 and this is projected to rise to £3 million in 2019/20. When the organisation was founded in 2014/15 its turnover was a mere £43k.
LOVE learning offers educational awards and employability skills to children and young people who are outside the education system. In addition to funding from the training and recruitment side of the business, the increase in turnover is in part due to greater government funding to close the educational attainment gap as well as increased training demands for those with additional support needs.
The announcement comes at the same time as the organisation announces that it has won a place on the North Lanarkshire Council framework, providing services aimed at closing the poverty-related attainment gap.
The Scottish Attainment Challenge is about achieving equity in educational outcomes, with a focus on closing the poverty-related attainment gap. A key aspect of this sees the allocation of additional funding directly to schools – Pupil Equity Funding.
The aim of the funding is to provide a service which focuses on engaging pupils, parents/carers and the wider community in learning through activities.
In the case of North Lanarkshire this includes:
- improving parenting skills in targeted families
- increasing attendance and reduced exclusion rates for targeted groups of young people
- ensuring child protection concerns are addressed and young people are safeguarded
- providing age and stage appropriate support for targeted young people out with school hours to reinforce engagement, as well as developing confidence, motivation and ability to participate in school work.
LOVE Learning is the charitable arm of social business, LOVE, which funds its outreach services through corporate services. These include company training and recruitment. A social business is a business whose purpose is to solve social problems in a financially sustainable way.
LOVE’s outreach services include education, employability, social care, and physical health programmes, while its corporate services include professional training and recruitment.
With a drive for social justice, inclusion and wellbeing at its core, LOVE’s model for outreach services identifies opportunities to support vulnerable individuals in Scotland who would otherwise have limited or no access to the services they need.
Lynn Bell, CEO of LOVE commented:
“We are delighted to note a tripling of turnover for LOVE Learning Scotland from last year, just as we have been awarded a place on the North Lanarkshire Council framework to provide services relating to closing the educational attainment gap.
“We have come along way as an organisation in a very short period of time and our increased turnover allows us to undertake even greater charitable activities.
“Demand for service is increasing month on month, for a complete service that ensures children are educated regardless of their circumstances
“We look forward to working with North Lanarkshire as we support it in closing the educational gap, endeavouring to make Scotland one of the best places in the world for vulnerable children and young people to grow up in.”