Renfrewshire Council

Meet Kirsteen, our Provost Awards Employee of the Year

'Learners will always know, if they need me, I'm there'

Provost Awards Employee of the Year, Kirsteen Jamieson Empowering local people to achieve the things they never dreamed possible is in Kirsteen Jamieson's DNA. As an outreach and community learning and development officer, she not only delivers accessible, learner-centred training across Renfrewshire, she goes above and beyond for the adults and families she supports.

Earlier this year, Kirsteen's work ethic and devotion to her learners saw her top the Provost Awards Employee of the Year category.

Her colleague, Eleanor Gordon, who nominated Kirsteen for the award said: "This isn't just a job for Kirsteen, it's like a vocation for her and there are so many examples of how thoughtful, kind and caring she is. From the beginning of lockdown, throughout the pandemic and beyond, Kirsteen has consistently supported learners, some of whom were struggling with anxiety and poor mental health, and she often stayed in touch with them until late at night, for reassurance. When the 'Beast from the East' hit Renfrewshire back in 2018, she walked from Glenburn to Southend in deep snow to support learners who were due to arrive for a group meeting, worried that someone would make the effort to attend and find no one there to help.

"Her work ethic is exceptional and she's really passionate about helping others. From sourcing food and clothing items for anyone in need, to networking with partners across Renfrewshire, she's always on the lookout for more information and resources for her learners.

"I'm delighted she's won this award. What an honour for her and for our whole team!"

As a mum determined to have the skills to support her daughter with her homework and education, Kirsteen began her own community learning journey before going on to complete her Bachelor of Arts Degree with Merit in Community Development, at college. Shy by nature and keen to avoid the limelight, this award is a huge deal for her.

Kirsteen said, "I was completely shocked and overwhelmed when I found out I had won this award. Words honestly can't describe the feeling. I genuinely love what I do and look forward to coming to work every day. It's always wonderful to see my learners develop confidence, make new friends and hone the skills they need to take the next step in their lives. It's a privilege to be a part of that journey and my learners will always know if they need me, I'm there."

Addressing inequalities, protecting vulnerable people and working with local communities to enhance the support, resilience, and opportunities they need to thrive is at the heart of Renfrewshire's community learning and development. With dedicated adult and family learning, building communities, youth services and streetstuff teams, they are dedicated to supporting local people of all ages to make positive changes in their lives and their communities through sharing skills and experience, building positive relationships and influencing decision-making in their neighbourhoods.  

You can find out more about Kirsteen and her community learning and development role in her short video.

Published on Friday 23 June 2023