Go-karting sessions for young people with additional support needs and learning difficulties will commence later this year after Glasgow Airport agreed to fund the cost of four tandem karts.

The charity Kibble is currently creating a major new leisure facility to provide transitional jobs and training opportunities. Glasgow Airport is supporting the venture with an award of nearly £40,000 from its FlightPath Fund.

‘The Experience’ is being constructed inside the iconic former Rolls Royce factory in Hillington Park and will boast Scotland’s first indoor electric go-karting track.

Kibble hopes it will also become a major leisure, training and events centre which will create 50 transitional jobs and 50 work experience placements for young people aged between 16 and 24 every year.

Kibble intends to dedicate 20 hours every week to ‘Karting with a Conscience’, a social inclusion programme for those with additional support needs or learning difficulties who are unable to drive a go-kart themselves. This programme requires the use of tandem go-karts, which will be funded by the airport.

A support worker will manage and promote Karting with a Conscience, working with schools and other organisations such as charities to encourage them to use the facility on a regular basis.

The Experience will also offer other leisure and catering facilities and Kibble is hopeful it will become a sustainable social enterprise, with employment placements providing young people with the skills, experience and confidence they need to shape their own destiny.

Archie Hunter, chair of the Glasgow Airport FlightPath Fund, said: “The funding application we received from Kibble was one which really stood out. We were impressed by the ambition shown in constructing The Experience from what was effectively an empty shell, and the determination to make it an inclusive facility that can be enjoyed by all and will prove to be sustainable in the long term.

“In addition to the benefits it will bring for many in the communities under the flightpath, we are very keen to support innovative projects that help people towards employment. The Experience offers fantastic volunteering and employment placement opportunities for Kibble service users and other young people.”

Graham Bell, Kibble chief executive, added: “Our Karting with a Conscience programme offers social inclusion to children and adults with additional support needs and learning difficulties who would otherwise be unable to experience the thrill of go-karting.

“The sessions will be a really memorable experience and our friendly helpful staff will ensure the highest standards of health and safety at all times. The tandem go-karts are a very specialist piece of equipment and Glasgow Airport has done the communities around it a great service by supporting the purchase of these through the FlightPath Fund.”

Courtesy of Glasgow Airport.


Education and training providers in Renfrewshire are teaming up for an event aimed at helping young people aged 16-24 find out about local opportunities to develop their skills and careers.

FuturesFest will take place in Paisley Town Hall on August 22 from 11am – 4.30pm.

The event is being organised by Renfrewshire Council, SDS (Skills Development Scotland) and Jobcentre Plus.

The aim is to provide in one place on one day, the information and advice needed by 16-24 year-olds on training, education and employment opportunities in Renfrewshire.

Although not a jobs fair, some employers who are about to embark on seasonal recruitment drives will be represented.

In addition to the event organisers, other organisations participating will include Reid Kerr College, UWS, Kibble, AM2PM (Amazon Recruitment), Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce, Engage Renfrewshire, and Renfrewshire-Wide Credit Union.

“Everyone involved is aiming to give as much practical advice and information as possible to young people aged 16-24 about their future options,” said Councillor Roy Glen, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Employment and Economic Development Task Force.

“Recently there was very encouraging performance by Renfrewshire pupils in the national exam results and advice will be available for those who are looking to build on their exam achievements.

“Equally, we want to assist those who may have been out of school or higher education for some time and want to look again at the opportunities available to them.

“There’s lots of up to date advice available in an informal setting and we’d urge young people to come along.  It could make a real difference to their futures.

“Renfrewshire Council is already doing a lot to assist 16-24 year-olds into employment through the £2.5million Invest in Renfrewshire programme to support and grow the local economy.  FuturesFest is another example of a joint approach which is putting support in place for young people in these difficult economic times.”

Event organisers stressed that no pre-booking is required and that anyone aged 16-24 is welcome to turn up on the day.

In addition to the general guidance on offer, there will also be half-hour sector-based workshops on childcare, hospitality and construction.

Sessions will also be hosted by SDS on social media awareness.  The council’s community learning and development team will also run a workshop to help participants improve their employability.

Since starting in October 2011, Project Oskar, the furniture recycling project run as one of KIBBLE’s Social Enterprises, has expanded in every direction. The turnover of the project has steadily increased as have the number of Young People who have gained work experience and training through the project. As the business has grown, new opportunities have arisen and we have branched out into several new ventures including;


All these services are associated with property services and while we have been strongly supported by Renfrewshire Council, the project has also been marketing our services to the commercial sector and have successfully carried out out services for local solicitors, estate agents, landlords as well as Housing Associations and other Charities.

In recognition of all these new developments we decided to slightly alter our Project OsKar polo tops to advertise the services we now offer. The picture shows the “new look” OsKar shirts being proudly modelled by the newest recruits to Project OsKar – the boys started with us at the beginning of July and are already making great progress”


caring christmas trees

This Christmas the young people of Kibble Education and Care Centre will be selling Caring Christmas Trees to raise funds for the Accord Hospice in Paisley.

It’s really simple – we will sell good quality, needle-last Christmas trees, for around the same price as everywhere else, and the money we raise goes to the Hospice.

Last Christmas we raised £900 in aid of Accord Hospice by selling Caring Christmas Trees and the young people at Kibble thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

We hope you will buy your tree for Christmas 2009 from us and encourage your friends to do the same.

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I asked to post this on to the website from Councillor Derek MacKay who will be running in the London Marathon for an extremely worthy cause, please could I ask our visitors to support him in any way you can. Many thanks

On Sunday 13 April 2008 I will be running the London Marathon for the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY).

The charity CRY works to raise awareness of Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS) and campaigns for proactive screening of young people. It offers help and support to those who have suffered a loss, provides medical information, carries out Mobile Cardiac Screening and ECG Testing Programmes within local communities and contributes to medical research. Hundreds of young people die unexpectedly of heart defects every year.

I will be running in a family team. Any sponsorship would be appreciated.

Sponsorship can be given through a dedicated website for our team (Star Wars Theme) or posted to home address: 32 North Lodge Road, Renfrew. PA4 9AS.



You Can find out more about the charity by going to thanks for your time.