South Lanarkshire College Foundation marks 10th anniversary

The food larder at South Lanarkshire College is one of the projects to have been supported by the Foundation
The food larder at South Lanarkshire College is one of the projects to have been supported by the Foundation -Credit:Contributed/East Kilbride News

A charitable organisation set up to support students and promote further education is celebrating its 10th anniversary.

The South Lanarkshire College Foundation was established in 2014 and has since helped fund projects ranging from a low-carbon building to provision of free food and helping assess and build on core English and numeracy skills.

Its latest work includes funding a student counsellor and mental health support, and the creation of a new garden on its East Kilbride campus.

The foundation is described as “an important source of funding for student-related projects at the college and in the wider South Lanarkshire region”, and received £500,000 of additional funding from the college in 2022 for work to support educational projects by students and organisations.

Its latest work is to support the setting-up of the Friends of South Lanarkshire horticulture garden within the college grounds, aiming to provide both mental and physical health benefits.

Foundation chair Peter Sweeney MBE said: “This initiative really impressed the trustees and we’re excited to see the results – students from the construction and built environment area are involved in the fit-out of the garden, and it demonstrates a commitment to cost reduction through clever use of resources.”

Trustees also unanimously agreed to support a two-year funding bid to provide a student counsellor and guidance support adviser, recognising that “mental health support enables learners to be successful, supporting them through their studies”.

Previous projects have included help towards construction of the innovative low-carbon house which is used for learning and teaching and showcases the latest technological advancements, and support for the free breakfast, soup and sandwich initiative for students most in need during the cost of living crisis.

The initiative – described by one user as “a lifesaver to me and other students” – has expanded to create a food larder where students can pick up items including tinned food, pasta, dry goods, sanitary products, hygiene essentials and stationery.

Foundation funding has also supported nearly 500 students in gaining valuable employability skills by purchasing software to allow for the introduction of a core skills assessment module.

Mr Sweeney noted the charity’s “significant” 10th anniversary and added: “I’m excited to be part of the foundation and enjoy learning how we can financially support students in South Lanarkshire; and as a board, we are now turning our attention to look at funding sources to ensure that we can remain a viable support for the many varied and interesting educational projects.”

Further details about the foundation are available at

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