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SWAMP's Organisational Timeline

1990s

  • 1995 SWAMP was established by a group of local residents in Househillwood Road, Pollok, as a response to a lack of creative opportunities for young people in the area. We became constituted in 1996, and began delivering support for young people through the provision of basic creative and artistic classes from within the local community centre.
    • 1997 After securing its own premises in Cardonald, SWAMP changed its status to become a Charity, Company Limited by Guarantee, and began the process of developing the structure of the organisation to meet the needs of the communities we serve. 

2000s

  • 2000 Unfortunately, after three years, these premises were reclaimed as part of a re-development of the local area. During this period we delivered services from a building owned by a local development company, which ensured we were able to continue to operate whilst we identified alternative accommodation for the project.
    • 2001 SWAMP secured a long term lease on a large vacant building within North Pollok, and re-developed it into a fit-for-purpose creative media centre, including an ITC suite, recording studios, state-of-the-art film studio with chroma key technology, meeting rooms, fully fitted catering area, and creative arts rooms.
      • 2002 We worked in partnership with the local regeneration company to design and deliver our first programme aimed at youth employability. This led to us securing funding from the European Social Fund key fund strand, which allowed us to design and deliver our first Life Skills programme. Upon the success of this programme we secured additional funding from stages two and three of the key fund, which enabled us to further develop both the organisation and the services we provided.
        • 2006 We secured our first contract with Scottish Enterprise to deliver against the Get Ready for Work programme, which we successfully completed, leading to further contracting of our services. As Skills Development Scotland came into existence we continued to deliver the Life Skills strand of Get Ready for Work, engaging and working with some of the hardest to reach young people, often achieving high retention rates and standards of success.

2010s

  • 2013 We successfully secured a contract to deliver stage two of the Employability Programme meeting all additional standards required by Skills Development Scotland, and achieving SQA accreditation for our centre.
    • 2015 SWAMP developed new partnerships in other areas of Glasgow, as well as East and West Dumbarton. We increased our workforce and developed our session bank to include new creative staff, and became a provisional member of Development Trust Scotland.
      • 2016 Due to securing a grant from Children in Need, our youth television station, YTV, was successfully launched.
        • 2017 The derelict land at the front of our building was gradually transformed into the SWAMP Creative Garden.
          • 2018  SWAMP continues to develop accredited SQA courses and engages in a wide range of community activites. We are now looking at expanding our services by moving to a new, larger premises.