Who we are

Our Story

What started as a vision and a concept, is now real. RLP is a fully functioning organisation with a wealth of experience, learning and successful projects under our belt

How it all began

A concept meeting was held with community leaders at Alloa Town Hall on the 11th June 2018

Participants included a cross party set of politicians, other local leaders, academics, voluntary sector representatives, a prison governor, a police chief inspector and people with lived experience.

Feedback confirmed that stakeholders valued lived experience expertise, therefore there should be a move towards practices such as remuneration and introducing structure to engage those with lived experience safely, authentically, meaningfully and effectively.

A group of people with lived experience stepped forward. They collaborated to define the values by which a social enterprise run by people with lived experience could offer training and consultancy services in a sustainable model. Many leaders from a range of organisations stepped forward too. They shared the vision, advocated for change, mentored with humility and made the journey with us.

On the 12th of September 2018, Resilience Learning Partnership (RLP) was born.

Our journey


11th June 2018Concept meeting held with the community leaders at Alloa Town Hall
12th September 2018Resilience Learning Partnership (RLP) incorporated.


Beginning of journey with NHS Education for Scotland (NES) and Scottish Government
First RLP Conference was held in Alloa Town Hall

RLP Features on BBC & ITV to launch the National Trauma Training Plan 

First funding received from National Lottery Community Fund (£10,000)

RLP Managing Director, Shumela Ahmed, delivers at TEDx Clackmannanshire.


March: Global Pandemic hit UK shores

Work with Sanctuary House begins

RLP Crafty Kids appears on BBC & ITV

TIER Pathway was awarded £38,572 in funding from The National Lottery Community Fund.

RLP Crafty Kids Film Screening was introduced by the National Clinical Director of the Scottish Government – Prof Jason Leitch.

First Scottish Parliamentary commendation for RLP Crafty Kids.


RLP awarded £50,000 in funding from The Promise Scotland to internally implement The Promise findings.

TIER Pathway awarded £34,782 in funding from The National Lottery Community Fund

First TIER & Female Only TIER Pathway commence

The Launch of RLP’s First Strategic Document

Launch of the New RLP logo and rebrand


TIER Pathway was awarded £200,000 in funding over 3 years from The National Lottery Community Fund

Second Scottish Parliamentary commendation, this time for RLP TIER Pathway.

Authentic Voice project starts

Partners in Change (PiC) 3 year RLP embarked on their first research-led project alongside APEX, Dundee Uni in the PiC project funded by The Robertson Trust


RLP become national partners alongside the Scottish Government, NES, COSLA & Improvement Services in the NTTP

Nominated in 2 categories in the Scottish Enterprise Awards

Win Social Enterprise of the Year for Building Diversity, Inclusion, Equity & Justice


New Resilience Learning Partnership Website Launched

“We know that in order to move away from a ‘them and us’ mentality we have to hold a mirror up to ourselves. One of the strengths of RLP is the diversity of individuals who make it what it is today by bringing and being valued for the range of different experiences they have, whether lived, professional or personal.”

Shumela Ahmed

Managing Director RLP