Testimonials

FEEDBACK FROM WRITING PROJECTS AND EVENTS

“It was wonderful working with Mike on our recent author residency with primary schools in Cumbernauld. Mike has a natural talent for engaging with children and getting them excited about writing – even reluctant writers. It was great to see a group of pupils so enthusiastic about telling their stories, and excited about seeing the final product.” Catherine Jones, Creative Learning Manager, Edinburgh International Book Festival

“Events with Mike are full of laughter, song, games and great story telling.” Alice Watson, Kirkcaldy Waterstones

“Your [Museum Mystery] talk today was fantastic, the children were absolutely delighted and we received some great feedback from the parents!” Bragela Hornal, Education Officer, Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum, Dunfermline

“It was absolutely brilliant! The children were so excited and loved it! It was so well pitched for the age and the interaction and active participation was excellent. Great for them to get a better understanding of Scots words and rhyming.” Corrie Dougall, P2/3 Teacher, Dunkeld Primary School (used Thistle Games as part of a Games and Gatherings topic)

“The pupils thoroughly enjoyed Mike’s visit which led to writing their own version of ‘Gruesome Gladiator’. They were truly inspired to become creative writers.” Miss Ross, Lauder Primary School

“Thank you very much for such a cracking event (West Lothian Schools Festival) on Tuesday! The kids really loved it and we’ve had some very good feedback indeed from schools.” Sally Pattle, Far From the Madding Crowd Bookshop, Linlithgow 

“Mike has been involved in Circle Haven’s Storytelling Week for the past four years and is an essential part of the project that results in a fantastic children’s book. Mike brings passion, creativity and an engaging child centred process to the week that ensures that the children and parents have both a fantastic experience and are left with a completed story based on all their own ideas. Circle would recommend Mike to anyone that aspires to bring creativity and enjoyment to children through the mediums of storytelling and writing”.  Alex Collop, Project Manager, Haven

“You have inspired us by teaching us about writing. I like writing much more because of you. It’s not just me it’s the whole school! Personally I would like you to help me write my own book.”  P4 pupil, Lauder Primary School

“Mike’s visit to our school was a highlight of our Reading Week.  His sessions on ‘what makes a reader keep on reading’ were pitched perfectly for children in P4 & P5 and then P6 & P7 (and staff loved them too!)  He shared with us how much he loved to read and the stories he enjoyed as a child.   He then inspired the children to write with challenges and then supported this creative process by visiting classes and spending time with the children.  A great experience for all of us!”                                              
Karen MacGregor, Headteacher, Queensferry Primary School

What an exciting day! 4B are absolutely thrilled with the story. It almost got to fever pitch when I asked which ideas they recognised! (after Story in 60 Minutes session)

Janis MacDonald, Teacher, Kings Meadow Primary, Haddington

Hi Mike, I’d really like to thank you for the opportunity to hear about your creative process.  The pupils in the class were very interested in what you do and how you do it.  Their contributions during your talk are testament to your way with them – your written work and your presentation. I think you have encouraged an interest in writing for some of them.  Well done!  Michael Sinclair, Teacher, St John’s Primary, Portobello

Dear Mike, When we were at the library it was really fun and I never knew it could be at a library! I never knew writing could be fun as well but since you showed us how you done it I’ve been doing a lot more at school and at home! I have been doing ok stories but I’m going to keep going over it like you had to to be a proper author obviously I amn’t but one day who knows. Thank you for making writing more fun for me. Pupil from St. John’s Primary, Portobello

FEEDBACK FROM CONSULTANCY PROJECTS

“Govan Schools Pipes & Drums Association made contact with Mike Nicholson in May 2016 to engage his skills and experience in fund raising for charities. From a face to face meeting and from follow up telephone calls Mike constructed a very professional and innovative Briefing Paper about GSPDA which was sent out to numerous Trusts, Foundations and Organisations that Mike had identified as candidates that were likely to be interested in the work that the registered charity, Govan Schools Pipes & Drums Association, do. One year on nearly £35,000 has been raised through this work so the success of Mike’s work speaks for itself. I am very happy to recommend Mike, he has a very pleasant nature, is easy to work with, has a great skill in writing, does what he says he’s going to do and gets results.” Alan F. Peat  GSPDA Secretary and Treasurer

“Mike undertook an external evaluation for one of our projects (end of 2016).  He was professional, reliable and delivered what he said he would on time.  He has an excellent style of communication that was well received by the project beneficiaries and staff.  He had a good understanding of the project, with its various complexities, and the needs of the organisation in relation to the evaluation.  I highly recommend him for this type of work.”   Kelly Minio-Paluello, Service Manager, LGBT Health and Wellbeing

“Everybody involved in the external evaluation found you really easy to talk to and enjoyed the whole process. Befrienders, Befriendees and staff alike felt that you are very skilled in communicating with people and in making them feel comfortable as well as in gently guiding discussions. Thank you for making it so easy and enjoyable for people to participate.” Tanja Mehrer, Senior Befriending Co-ordinator, North East Sensory Services, Aberdeen

“Mike has delivered a wide range of consultancy work for us over the last ten years, principally staff training, organisational development and independent evaluation. We have found his skills indispensable throughout our development from tiny project to large well-established organisation. He combines a detailed knowledge of our specific niche (befriending services for people with learning disabilities) with a broad perspective of the voluntary and social care sector; this makes him very easy to work with and ensures our services keep up to date with.” Andrew Findlay, Project Co-ordinator, Interest Link Borders

“Mike researched and compiled a list of over 60 funders to approach, together with deadlines and application requirements. These were prioritised and Mike has continued to prompt us as closing dates draw near. In three months we have already secured £22,000 with many applications still pending. We can’t praise Mike highly enough. He has been efficient, reliable and supportive throughout. Recruiting him was an excellent decision – his sterling efforts have allowed us to focus on our service delivery, safe in the knowledge that first-rate grant applications are being prepared on our behalf.” Martha Lester-Cribb and Sandy Kerr, co-founders of Pass IT On Computers

“Just rereading your board development day report for us at Craighead and thinking what an excellent piece of work that was.” Jo Kennedy (then Director, Craighead Institute)

“I don’t know how to describe how X felt, but he was definitely impacted and seemed to almost cry, both he and his mum really liked it and wanted to thank you.  You definitely have a gift for this!” Youth Worker having just shown a client their recovery story