North Ayr TheGither

A church in North Ayr has started down a path towards partnering with parents and the local primary school to narrow the attainment gap.

Education is incredibly significant in determining the options people have in later life. We still live in a society where there is a significant educational attainment gap between our most affluent and most deprived areas. Rosie Eggo at St Quivox Church in North Ayr has been exploring how the church can help local children get the most out of their education.

Through consultation with the local primary school and the parent council, Rosie heard that one of the things local parents and teachers alike were interested in was an after-school club with a specific focus on education. With the support of the church and volunteers, Rosie set up the Dalmilling 127 club.

At this stage the group's focus is less about formal education and more about having fun – but even within that there is a focus on learning new skills – playing pool and knowing the rules, learning to sew, learning new art activities. However, over time, the intention is to offer a homework club – providing a calm environment and support to get homework done. So far the response from the community has been incredibly supportive and around 30 young people come to the club each week.

Rosie Eggo said:

'What makes us different is that we give children the chance to try something new and develop skills they didn't realise they had before. For example, we have a lady who comes in to teach the children how to sew and we've seen boys and girls sitting down and learning how to make something.'