Save the Learning House!

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Community councillor Johnny Lovegrove is leading calls to get local folk to sign a petition in an attempt to save Fraserburgh Learning House from closure.

Brochers who attend the Learning House at Caledonia Court on High Street have launched an online petition and distributed petitions around local shops to raise public awareness of the closure and try and save the vital services provided.

Run by Aberdeen Foyer, the Learning House enables people to learn a variety of skills in a relaxed and friendly environment and is open for the entire community to use.

As it became established, its client list grew and other agencies would send clients to the Learning House for a variety of reasons, including job search, interview skills and cv presentation.

The seven-strong workforce now provide a vital source of education, learning and advice to many people, covering IT courses, letter writing and CV presentation to money advice, confidence building and health advice all with the aim of overcoming barriers to further education and employment.

But due to the economic downturn, funding for the Aberdeen Foyer project has been cut and the decision has been taken to close this facility leaving many without the support they need.

An irate Johnny Lovegrove told the Herald: “I am not prepared to give up fighting for this project as it is vital to the local community. Our petition went live online last week and is doing really well online and in the local shops.”

Aberdeen Foyer management are currently looking for alternative accomodation within Fraserburgh and the surrounding area to enable them to continue to provide a more limited service locally.

Chief executive Ken Milroy commented: “We are disappointed that such a successful and valued community service is being adversely affected by a budget reduction. The Learning House has been a great place for us to develop and deliver an excellent service to so many people, supporting them towards securing employment and contributing to community regeneration.”

The Learning House was part of a £2.1million affordable housing development pioneered by Tenants First and opened in October 2007 by First Minister Alex Salmond as part of the regeneration package to help individuals within the community who lacked the confidence and resources.