Introducing… Calum and Rosa!

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Introducing… Calum and Rosa!

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Calum Gauld, Course Facilitator, School of Hard Knocks, Edinburgh.

Calum, tell us a bit about yourself:

I have worked in Employability for around 7 years. Including government based programmes along with for a local housing association. I have a keen interest in rugby having played since childhood starting in Aberdeen with Aberdeen Grammar mini section. Along with way through youth and adulthood have turned our for various clubs but now play for Murrayfield Wanderers where our course is based from.

 

What brought you to SOHK?

In a past role I worked in partnership with SOHK to deliver the employability aspect of a course based in Falkirk. I hugely enjoyed my time doing so with the banter between participates, the positive impact it had along with rugby aspect. It’s a dream scenario for me combining my own personal interests coupled with my professional background and knowledge.

What do you like most about your job?

The journey our participants go on along the way. The ability to give confidence, improve self-esteem and wellbeing is a massively rewarding thing. Knowing you have played a small part in people moving forward in their lives and achieving their dreams and goals is a huge source of pride. Also sharing my the experiences and joy that sport has given me over time, seeing the impact it has on others as they challenge themselves is great to see.

What do you like least?

The unknown! I am quite an organised and pragmatic person, so the first day of not knowing how many people you will have combined with those nerves is a horrible combo.

Who’s your hero?

Hard to pick just one! Without sounding to cheesy would say my mum is high up there, bit of a mummy’s boy. Always there with support, encouragement or a clip round the ear. Also a source of inspiration for what she has achieved in her life. Again possibly a cheesy answer to give but think anyone we have come through the door as a participant gets my respect… its not easy taking yourself out of your comfort zone or trying make changes in your life.

Dessert island items- Book, album, luxury item?

Would hugely struggle without my phone and signal for it. Has everything you could ever need… ability to communicate, entertainment, music and even books.

 

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Rosanna Innes

Programmes Manager, Scotland, School of Hard Knocks:

Rosa, tell us a bit about yourself:

Where to begin? I am 29, from the bonny Kingdom of Fife, I do yoga, cycling tennis and cooking in my spare time. I studied philosophy at University in Glasgow, I live with my Fiance (I call him my Beyonce) Steven in Edinburgh. I wish I had a pet dog but we live in a top floor flat so I am not allowed!

What brought you to SOHK?

I saw the job advertised online and thought it was a brilliant concept! I have been working in teaching/facilitating for cancer charities for the past few years- I think my key skills are in communicating with other people so I really wanted to have a role that utilised this. I really believe in sport for social inclusion and change.

What do you like most about your job?

I LOVE working with the participants. They are ALL my favourite! I love seeing the difference in them, even really quickly- i love hearing their great feedback about their lives improving within and out with the course. One participant told me yesterday that the course is the most fun he’s had doing anything, for years! And another who moved to Edinburgh almost 2 years ago told me today that the course has been the most useful and fulfilling thing he’s done since he’s been here. That makes me feel really good.

What do you like least?

I love it all really! But I think the thing I like the least is really an observation of our society- that a lot of people get treated badly and there are many inequalities. Some of our participants have had a lot to overcome in their lives so far.

Who’s your hero?

I really admire my mum- she’s absolutely brilliant. I admire my friend Saskia who’s been through a lot but is still the most thoughtful, silly and hilarious person I know! On a broader level I think the Williams sisters are worthy of admiration, Amala Yousafzai is truly heroic and… really geekily… If I could have dinner with one person… it would be Rowan Atkinson!

Dessert island items- Book, album, luxury item?

I’d probably choose a book by Gabriel Garcia Marquez as they take you to another place but generally I read thrillers- i actually love Audiobooks though so my luxury item would probably be an Audible subscription! My album would be the Best of Led Zeppelin- Early Years- because it truly is a gift that just keeps giving!