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LHT help to Light up Rotunda

November 21st 2017

Rotunda are delighted to announce that Liverpool Housing trust (LHT) have helped to light up Rotunda this Christmas.

The company has awarded Rotunda £300 towards lighting up the Folly at the front of the building adding a lot of Christmas cheer to a little corner of North Liverpool. 

Maxine Ennis CEO said, "We are delighted that LHT have provided us this Grant to light up our Folly in time for our Georgian Christmas party on the 15th December. This will really make our party a focal point for the Community of Kirkdale and add a bit of Christmas Magic to Rotunda."

The Rotunda Christmas Party will be held on the 15th December from 4pm, with Letter writing to Santa, carols by candlelight, a clothes drive and a visit from Santa Claus! For more information please call Rotunda on 0151 207 2176


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Project Manager Wanted

November 21st 2017

Rotunda are seeking an experienced Project Manager to oversee our outdoor green space development, including responsibility for our National Award Winning Jo Malone Community Garden, our Urban Village Green and our 2008 Capital of Culture Vertical Garden.

For more information please call Maxine Ennis on 0151 207 2176

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Halloween Fun at Rotunda

November 2nd 2017

On 31st October, Rotunda was possessed by ghouls and ghosts, but they weren't here to cause mischief; they had heard about the best party in Town! The Monster Ball!!

The arrived from everywhere to dunk apples, carve pumpkins, take a walk through the haunted garden and sit and listen to the scary stories, the fun never ended.

Every year, Rotunda pulls together a large community Halloween party where members of the local community can come and join in fun, safe Halloween fun. There were prizes for the best fancy dress and a fantastic Monster Ball for all the children, and adults to take part in.

Maxine Ennis, CEO said, "Every year the staff at Rotunda go all out to throw the best Halloween party in Liverpool and this year they did not disappoint. We were overrun by mini ghouls and beasts and the kids, parents and our staff had a great time in our fantastic Bistro and gorgeous gardens.!  We are a community organisation that strives to give local residents somewhere safe to come and celebrate, we were delighted to see so many local residents coming to join in the fun and encourage everyone to come and experience the fun at Rotunda."


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Rotary Club City of Liverpool donate £1300 to Rotunda Ltd to assist Young People.

October 30th 2017

Rotunda Ltd are delighted that the Rotary Club, City of Liverpool Branch have been kind enough to donate £1300 to The Rotunda Centre. This money will be used to help repair fencing to the Steps of the Young Persons Outdoor Space, leading to an area that will be turned into a Sensory Garden to encourage wellbeing with the Young People.

Maxine Ennis CEO of Rotunda Ltd said, "We are delighted that The Rotary Club of Liverpool have yet again chosen to assist us in our ongoing work with Young People. We were thrilled back in 2009 when they adopted us as their nominated charity and have continued to work tirelessly with us to ensure access for all. They donate gifts every year for our children's nursery at Christmas time and are always keen to help out year on year. This donation will be used by our young people to gain access to a wellbeing garden that will utilised by all of our young people at our new independent school"

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Rotunda College commits support to Disabled people within the workplace by becoming a Disability Com

October 30th 2017

Rotunda Ltd, Established in 1986 to address inequality has further strengthened their commitment by signing up to become a Disability Committed Workplace.

We are committed to ensuring that disabled people and those with long term health conditions have the opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations.

As a Disability Committed Employer we will: 

  • ensure our recruitment process is inclusive and accessible
  • communicate and promote all of our vacancies in a fully inclusive way
  • offering interviews to disabled people
  • anticipate and provide reasonable adjustments as required
  • support any existing employee who acquires a disability or long term health condition, enabling them to stay in work

By doing so we are excited that we will be able to recruit future staff from a large pool of talent that can help Rotunda to grow and thrive as an organisation.

Maxine Ennis, CEO said "A good workplace should support and enable every employee to achieve to the best of their ability. By signing up to the Disability Committed programme we are ensuring that all of our existing staff are looked after in their work and shows our stakeholders that we are committed to ensuring we recruit the very best to our organisation regardless of any disability or health condition that they may have. We look forward to working with Job Centre Plus to make this a reality"


You can find more information about the Disability Confident scheme at https://disabilityconfident.campaign.gov.uk/  

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Investors in People - Rotunda Achieve GOLD!

May 1st 2017

We are delighted to announce that Rotunda Ltd has been awarded Investors in People Gold Status.

This is testament that our vision mission and core values are fully embraced by each and every one of us at Rotunda and they are completely embedded within the culture of the organisation. Thank you to all our staff for your hard work and commitment!

Maxine Ennis CEO
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Lloyds Bank Foundation

April 27th 2017

Rotunda is delighted to announce that Lloyds Bank Foundation have agreed to Fund Rotunda’s Senior Management Team Development and the strategic growth of the organisation.

The Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales is one of the UK’s leading community grant-makers. An independent registered charity funded by the profits of Lloyds Banking Group as part of the Group’s commitment to Helping Britain Prosper.

The Foundation invests in charities supporting people to break out of disadvantage at critical points in their lives, and promotes practical approaches to lasting change.


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A Day in The Life Of An AEP Teacher

December 16th 2016

Mark Fallon Blog

My name is Mark and I am a teacher in the Young Persons Education Department here at Rotunda. My curriculum areas include English, Sport and Fitness, Hair and Beauty (stop laughing) PSD and Teacher Training Level 3 and 4.

 I was asked by our chief executive Maxine (AKA the Queen) to give a flavour of my experience here at Rotunda. Her requests are not always so straightforward.

Whenever the phone rings and you see she is on the other end you know your day might just get a little complicated. Her requests are legendary for:  

  • A: Ignoring the laws of time and space (“I need a presentation for the Board of Trustees, you have an hour.”)
  • B: Being pretty cool actually (Would one of the kids like to accompany me to a charity event?)
  • C: Being bonkers (I will come to that.)

 Last week my long- suffering colleague Emma Chandler and I actually had a bust up over who was to answer the phone to her.

Me: “Are you getting that?”

Emma: “Its Max”

Me: “You’re closer and I did the last one”

Emma: “If you get it I’ll do the next two.”

I refused to budge and she reluctantly answered the phone.  Maxine asked her if she could construct a pill- box hat, for a publicity event, that resembled the folly. She needed it by the next day!

Therefore, in comparison this was relatively straight- forward. I thought the best way to approach this was through the people. It’s the best way to get to the heart of this place and what it does. Let’s start with the colonel or Ann Marie as she is known. She is our Programme Manager, and my Line Manager (not an enviable task I assure you). “Morning Fallon” she says as I enter the building. I’m ok when she calls me Fallon. It’s when she calls me Mark that I know I’m in trouble.

 When you walk in you are greeted by our new admin team Ella and Liam, new additions to the team they are the face of the Rotunda. Ella is teaching Liam how to answer the phone and I stay and listen for a minute as I need a few tips myself in that department. On the way to my office I see one of the volunteers Billy “ Its cold today.” He says. “Look on the Brightside Bill you will enjoy your morning coco all the more!” Billy is a familiar face and a reassuring presence around the place and everyone is fond of him.

Morning lesson in the Young Persons Education Department is English. One of the kids asks me whether ‘founded’ is a word. “Yes it means to establish or originate something. An example would be the mighty Liverpool football club were founded in 1892 by John Holding.”  This sets off a long debate as to whether it is actually a word. Even when I take an Oxford Dictionary down from the shelf and point to the word they refuse to listen or acknowledge its existence!

A working lunch, I’m putting a slide show together. Our new teaching assistant Laura is sitting behind me, and she comments how she can’t see the text. “I liked you better when you were quiet.” I said before changing it quickly.

In the afternoon I change lesson at the last minute and organise a debate. One of the students is a big fan of our royal family so with a twinkle in my eye I make that the focus of the debate and put him on the anti- monarchy team. The pained expression on his face was almost unbearable (almost).

After lessons Emma Jensen brings some bigwigs round to show them what we do. I put my best foot backward and let Chandler do all the talking (much to her chagrin.)

I shoot upstairs to make a brew and meet my Geordie mate Claire Powell she’s busy writing a horticulture course and I make her say it 3 times as it sounds comical coming from her mouth. “Haaatacooolcha.” While up there I call in to see my girl Jayne. She is our finance officer and responsible for paying my wages I blow her a big kiss (I know what side my bread is buttered on.)

I also take the opportunity to commiserate with our gardener Terry after Everton’s latest shambolic display. However, I think he doubts my sincerity because he tells me to go away. (Actually, I don’t think I can repeat his exact words.)

When I have had a particularly stressful day I pop into the nursery to see the kids. Sometimes they are the only ones I can get any sense out of. The wonderful Rachel and Joanne warn me not to wind the kids up and have them running round berserk. Then the manager Claire Boyd comes in and tells me to “put some proper pants on Fallon them lycra are just not ok.”

All in all not a bad bunch when you think about it. I guess it is a cool place to work and I get to do some amazing stuff. As I am walking back to my office I can hear Ann Marie ask Ella “Where’s Mark?” Time to make myself scarce I think.



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A Day In The Life of an AEP Student

December 16th 2016

A Day In The Life Of an AEP Student

“Hi Imo”, my teacher Mark greets me as I walk in the building; he has never once called me by my full name. Walking to class I stop and say “Hiya Billy.” to one of the volunteers at the Rotunda, it’s always nice to have a chat to other people “Good morning.”  He says back.

So today is Monday and this morning I’ve got Mark. We have PSD and watch a documentary called Three and a Half Minutes, Ten Bullets and this taught us about racism. A young black teenager was murdered for no reason and the film was all about the trial. PSD makes Monday morning a little more bearable!

BREAK TIME! I go down to the Bistro café next door and order myself tea and toast from the lovely Jodie, who is always there to serve delicious food.

Back to class now, there are lots of options for me to choose from as to what I would like to study next. I have the options hair and beauty, sports, business admin, childcare and art. I would like to do business admin as one of my options because when I leave I want to work in the tourism industry and business admin is a big part.

I didn’t really get on with a student at another school. It wasn’t until we both came to the Rotunda at the same time that we became friends. Our classes are only small but we all get on and work well together.

One of my favourite lessons is art. Emma teaches us art on a Thursday and I really enjoy her lessons. Emma is one of my favourite teachers. She had a huge impact on me when I first started at the Rotunda, she was always there to support me and encourage me to work hard.  

I really enjoy my time at the Rotunda and I like having Mark as a teacher (well um sometimes.) When it is nearly home time I say to him “Mark can we leave ten minutes early?” he replies “No you can’t!” I try sweetening him up by saying “but we’ve worked really hard can’t we just go five minutes early then, just look at all this work I’ve done” he just stares blankly at me and then turns the other way. So I continue to ask him for the last time as I say “Mark, if we clean up can we leave three minutes early?” he replied “go on, get out, SCRAM!” If I’m honest I think he’s had enough of us for today!

After I’ve finished my time at the rotunda I would like to go to college to study foreign languages, for example French, Spanish and German because I want a career as an airhostess working for British airways.

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The Landscape Institute Award Goes to Rotunda

November 28th 2016

 Hi All,

This rather fine award was presented to us yesterday at the prestigious Landscape Institute awards in London.

We beat some very high-profile competition, but I think the fact that we are so rooted in the local community and are trying so hard to take the garden out into our community via the “Blooming Kirkdale” programme (..and succeeding!)         helped our cause considerably.

Thanks to BCA, the landscape architects who designed the gardens and submitted them for consideration, and thanks again to them for taking me to the do!

They are pleased as punch with the award, and I know how hard they worked, not only with the excellent designs but with real hard graft in helping us plant many of the large the trees etc..

This award can only help raise the profile of Rotunda and help us in our future work.

Terry Reilly

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