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Rotunda's Bradley is aiming high!

April 30th 2018

Another amazing Rotunda story! Bradley Barrett came to Rotunda in 2017 and worked hard to further himself; so much so, he has just won a prestigious place at Central St Martin’s, London to study Architecture. Read below to hear Bradley’s story.

In June 2017 Bradley Barrett came to work on a project at Rotunda in collaboration with Homebaked CLT. Bradley was working as a construction trainee. During this time he assisted them with renovating a flat that had been uninhabitable for over 60 years as well as a disused public square, it was during this time that Bradley realised that he wanted to become an Architect. In a bid to further his interest in building design and build his knowledge he volunteered to sit in on all of the architects design meetings thus cementing his decision to pursue a career in architecture. At Homebaked, Britt Jurgensen held coaching sessions with Bradley to produce an action plan for him to achieve his goals as well as lining up opportunities for him to meet and work with a few industry professionals.

 Britt Jurgensen, Community Engagement Facilitator and Bradley's mentor at Homebaked Community Land Trust says:

'Bradley was on a Power to Change funded learning programme with Homebaked CLT as part of the development of a public square and the flat above the Homebaked Bakery. He worked with us 4 days per week for 6 months. Since the programme is over he has been doing a work placement with us. Bradley is a hard worker, he is creative and a great team player. He learned basic joinery and co-created some beautiful things, from a large wooden structure to a beautifully detailed table. More importantly though he showed a real knack and interest for design and we have been trying to encourage him to develop his talents wherever we could. It has been a real pleasure and privilege to watch him find what he is good at and loves doing. He turned up one day to tell us that he was going to become an architect and since then has worked very hard on achieving that dream. I am delighted that both Rotunda and Homebaked CLT have been able to support him on that journey. Now he is off to that London. We will miss him dearly!'

When the Homebaked project was completed, Bradley took on the position of Community Engagement Officer at Rotunda where he was given the opportunity to go on placement at Condy Lofthouse Architects with the help of Jason Maher (Director at Condy Lofthouse). 

He got a through education in architecture, starting with the basics of the company’s software, such as Vectorworks, Sketch-up and Revit. Once he felt confident, he was set various tasks such as laser measuring and surveying ground floor space, he was shown how to upload the data and then produced 3D models on Sketch-up. To ensure that everything that Bradley was learning reflected both organisations, Rotunda and Condy Lofthouse set him the brief of working on a live project that Rotunda had commissioned. Bradley collected precedence images of outdoor seating and was shown how to think about the pros and cons of each idea and then given instruction on how to articulate them when presenting.

 Carrie Cavanagh on behalf of Condy Lofthouse stated, “We had the pleasure of having Bradley in the office for work experience; one day a week over several months. He was enthusiastic, and an avid learner from the start - great qualities to see! We saw great progression in Bradley, even in a short space of time, and we feel certain that he will achieve whatever he sets his sights on. We wish him the best of luck for the future!”

Bradley is thankful for the opportunity that he has been given with Rotunda, Homebaked CLT and Condy Lofthouse.

“Over the past few months, I have come out feeling much more confident in using relevant subject terminology, using software competently, understanding the whole complexity of a design process and through all this I have even been offered a place at one of the countries leading schools of architecture, Central Saint Martin’s London.”

My time at Rotunda has been a key moment of my life, it has played a massive part in my development and pushed me towards my goals. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everybody at Rotunda, Homebaked CLT and Condy Lofthouse Architects. You’re the best!”

 Maxine Ennis, CEO Rotunda expressed delight at Bradley securing a position at Central Saint Martin’s to start studying Architecture. “Rotunda is a special place, we love to see our young people come to us and flourish and we do everything that we can to enable that to happen through partnership working. Our relationship with Condy Lofthouse and Homebaked CLT has been instrumental in helping Bradley and we will continue this partnership well into the future. I would like to say a huge thank you to Jason and Carrie at Condy Lofthouse and Britt and everyone at Homebaked CLT for helping Bradley and we look forward to our continued work together.”




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What's on at Rotunda Apr-Jul 18

April 5th 2018

Rotunda are offering a wide range of courses running between April and July 2018.Please click on the attachment for a full list of what courses are on offer and details on how to book onto your chosen course. Enrolment for all courses will take place at Rotunda on Monday 9th April. Please contact Rotunda on 0151 207 2176 for more information.

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Photo Competition for "Our Folly"

March 29th 2018

Last year Rotunda successfully saved "Our Folly". We are now looking to turn the area into a community Village Green and we need your help. 

We will be working with local young people on the design but we really want to know what people think of the existing space.  

We are running a photo competition for the most unusual photograph of the Folly as it stands now. It could be a part of it that has always made you smile or something that you have never noticed before. 

We will be offering £100 to the winning competition and the closing date is the 11th April 2018

Please get your cameras out and tweet or Instagram them to us:

Instagram @rotundacommunitycampus

Twitter @rotundaltd 

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Mindful Rotunda! What a Course

March 29th 2018

Rotunda College ran our first mindfulness for Adults course throughout February and March. It was a great success, so much so we had to put on an additional course to run alongside the original one!

Here we want to share with you some feedback that we received from one of the class members Bethan. 

"Attending the creative mindfulness class run by Heather has helped me manage and deal with a lot of issues I was facing but not coping with very well. I don’t usually go out unless I’m with someone so my mum signed us both up and we went together. 

I’m an anxious person when in a new environment and around people that I don’t know but Heather made me feel comfortable and because of that I came back. I even came alone when my mum couldn’t make it! 

It has helped me get into a routine as I knew I needed to rest enough to be able to attend each week, this has had a massive impact on my perception of important tasks. I’ve managed to get a better handle on my limitations whilst doing an activity for myself that I enjoy, giving me new ways to be able to cope with my depression and pain through a medium that I was trying to find my love for again. 

Through this class I’ve been able to work on my communication skills with the other women and for two hours every week managed to relax and forget about my thoughts. Being in a safe environment with no distractions except art and crafts reminded me of how much joy I can feel from doing the things I love and through connecting with people. 

These past 2 months has given me 100x more motivation I’ve ever been able to give myself and I can’t thank my mum or Heather enough for that. I’ve been more actively engaged with my friends and on my online profiles and things just seem to be more positive the more I practice the things Heather shared with us all. We left with handouts each week to help us keep mindful once the class ended and I have been able to form new friendships through sharing and creating the things I learnt in the class. 

I’m highly considering signing up for the course again and looking into other things local to me that I can attend, which is something I would never have done 2 months ago. It’s a good feeling."

Bethan 24 


Rotunda are delighted that the course has had such a massive impact on Bethan and we pleased that she has felt able to share that with us. 

Our new Mindfulness course is due to start on the 25th April 2018 and will run every Wednesday for 8 weeks. Places fill up fast so please ensure you get in touch early to avoid disappointment. Please call Heather on 0151 207 2176.  

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Join the Rotunda Team!

March 21st 2018

Rotunda Café Bistro are looking for a competent chef and catering assistant ASAP on flexible hours to support our growing café in North Liverpool. Must have extensive experience of working in a busy café / catering environment servicing business and community customers and ideally will hold a food hygiene certificate. This position will be on a zero hour contract initially and will meet national minimum wage. Please send a CV to mcostellosmith@therotunda.org.uk.

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Rotunda in collaboration with NAC Group are offering new courses

March 19th 2018

Rotunda College in Collaboration with NAC group are delighted to offer new exciting courses. 

  • 5 day courses available in Warehousing, Logistics and Manufacturing. Free Kindle Fire upon completion and free lunch will be provided each day. 
  • Level 1 in Maths and English with the option to continue to Level 2 upon successful completion of level 1. 

For more information, please contact Angela Tully on angela.tully@nac-group.co.uk 0151 207 2176

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Rotunda in association with N.A College are offering new courses

January 18th 2018

Rotunda will be working in association with N.A College to deliver taster courses around the Warehousing, Logistics and Manufacturing industries.

The sessions are a great way to enhance your knowledge, skills and qualifications whilst learning in a relaxed and friendly environment. 

Ring Rotunda on 0151 207 2176 for more information. 


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Rotunda success with Ways to Work

January 12th 2018

Rotunda have mentored 15 unemployed people through the Ways to Work Programme and have provided Information, Advice and Guidance whilst assisting them with transitional employment opportunities to develop their skills.

We are delighted that 100% of our cohort have been successful in progressing, with many becoming qualified teachers or gaining the confidence to continue with further education or training. They have all embraced all aspects of their courses and have really become invested in their personal training.

For more information on the successes of Ways to Work and Rotunda, please click on the link to watch a short video.


If you would like to know how Rotunda can help you to achieve your goals, please contact a member of our team on 0151 207 2176.

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Office Space to Rent in Heritage Centre

January 5th 2018

Are you looking for office space in Liverpool? Do you want to work in a beautiful restored Georgian Building with Free Parking 5 minutes from the City Centre. 

Come to Rotunda Heritage Centre. 

We are a Grade 2 listed building with a on-site Bistro and Community Garden. 

Flexible and affordable with special rates for Social Enterprises, you need to see it to believe it!

All offices are fully serviced. 

Click on the link for more information

All enquiries to mcostellosmith@therotunda.org.uk 01512072176



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WEA Courses at Rotunda 2018

December 20th 2017

Click on the attachment to download our booklet outlining the WEA courses that will be held at Rotunda in 2018. 

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