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The overall aim of our Skills Development Service is to widen access to education and support learners to exit homelessness as part of their employability, recovery, and rehabilitation pathway. The program supports learners who are apprehensive about entering education or those who have additional support needs to undertake an accredited or non accredited course as a stepping stone into our college programmes.


At The Marie Trust, we have our own tutor, Lynn Rae who delivers courses in Psychology, Sociology, First steps into Education, Literacy, ICT, Core Skills, and Criminology. We also have our own in-house Art Tutor who delivers a weekly art class preparing our learners for the next step into college. 


This is the only specifically designed Community Education Curriculum in Glasgow specifically designed to widen access to mainstream education for homeless people and those at-risk.


“It’s been a very good experience for me. The history was good, the philosophy was good. The journalism expanded my horizons. I’ve been in a debate group too. I enjoy being in a room and debating things."

Philosophy student , Marie Trust

A new start

We take care of enrolment and allocation, whether this be for teaching at The Marie Trust premises or at college. This reduces the barriers to access for our learners.

Enrolling in college programmes gives learners an opportunity to re-establish themselves in an environment where they’re treated in the same way as any other student in the college, without any discrimination. For many students, this is a new start which allows them to progress into further education and move towards employment.

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“I have got significantly better with my mental health and have found confidence in myself.”

SCQF 5 Contemporary Art Practice Student , Marie Trust

Have a look at some of the artwork from our recent students 

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Our college partnerships

We have a partnership with City of Glasgow College delivering an Expressive Arts Program each week at the City Campus. Our learners are enrolled as students in the college and undertake a wide range of SCQF level 5 and 6 units in Expressive Arts, Glasswork, and Printing.  On average we deliver 6 accredited courses each year in partnership with the college.

We have a partnership with Glasgow Kelvin College delivering an Access to Social Subject Program. The program consists of a combination of non-accredited and SCQF Level 5 and 6 units. We choose subjects that require no previous experience but will engage our learners and support their rehabilitation and recovery process. 

Within the program we also deliver Core Skill Profiling which enables learners to identify their level of literacy and numeracy. This then highlights their areas of strength and where they may require additional support.

The Marie Trust is also an approved REHIS Training Centre and we deliver our own accredited REHIS Elementary courses in Food Hygiene, Food & Health and Cooking.

We deliver 12-week units in:

  • SCQF Level 5 Social Care
  • SCQF Level 5 Mental Health and Mental Illness
  • SCQF level 5 Counselling
  • SCQF level 5 Psychology
  • Criminology
  • History of the Welfare State (SCQF level 5 and non-accredited units)
  • First Steps into Education
  • SCQF Level 4 PC Passport
  • SCQF Level 4, 5 and 6 Community Achievement Award
  • SCQF Level 5 Community Development
  • Media in Society
  • Sociology (SCQF level 4 and 5 and non-accredited units)
  • Humanities

“It gives people a reason to get up. Lots of my clients don’t go out of their home apart from to get their money and go to the shops. That can be a real trap with a real impact on people’s health. I had a client who didn’t see anyone over the Christmas period. I send people to The Marie Trust to get them out of that sort of situation”

Representative, Turning Point