Cabinet Secretary for Education & Lifelong Learning, Angela Constance today presented Community Achievement Awards to thirteen community volunteers in recognition of their work in supporting others in their local community. The Awards were handed out at a ceremony in Oasis at Wallacewell, a church-based community project in the North of Glasgow.
Glasgow Kelvin College’s Community Achievement Awards support volunteers to plan and evaluate their contribution and involvement in community activities, providing them with a recognised qualification and helping them progress to further learning or into employment.
The College has worked in partnership with over 40 community organisations in some of Glasgow’s most deprived communities to support some 250 volunteers, many of whom had no previous qualifications, in achieving the award so far. These awards also encourage people to overcome the confidence barrier faced when returning to learning and, for many, they provide a springboard to help them move on in their lives.
Organisations which deal with youthwork, health information, homelessness, addiction issues and other challenges have benefitted from the Community Achievement Awards through witnessing their service users’ success and progression.
Today’s thirteen successful learners from organisations across the city – The Marie Trust, Blue Triangle Housing Association, Oasis at Wallacewell, Flourish House, Lodging House Mission, Maryhill Hub, Glasgow Homelessness Network, Sunday Social and North East Recovery Day (NERD) – were delighted to receive their awards from the Cabinet Secretary.
Angela Constance, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, said:
“I am delighted to be here to present Glasgow Kelvin College’s Community Achievement Awards today. The volunteers here have given their time and their dedication to earn these awards and improve the skills that they share through the work they do in our communities day in and day out.
Between them they help projects and organisations that reach out and make life better for others. They do this through youthwork, providing health information and helping those with addiction or facing homelessness overcome their circumstances and enjoy a better quality of life. This work is vital in supporting those in our society facing real challenges and it is inspiring that so many partners are here to celebrate the achievements of all of those receiving their award.”
Juliet McAlpine, Interim Strategic Director for Lifelong Learning, Education Scotland said:
“I was delighted to attend today’s event to see for myself the positive impact that the Community Achievement Awards have had.? Adult learning plays a key role in the development of an improved personal skills base and it is recognised as a central element of personal and community empowerment.
The Statement of Ambition for Adult Learning expresses the intention that every adult in Scotland will have the right to access learning to meet their educational needs and their aspirations. It also states that learners should be supported to take advantage of these opportunities. What we have seen here today is a fine example of access to learning for adults and the provision of the support that they need to be successful.
Education Scotland will continue to work with partners to ensure that the Statement of Ambition is implemented across Scotland.”
Alan Sherry, College Principal, added;
“The College-designed, innovative Community Achievement Awards are supporting local community organisations throughout the city and helping their volunteers to gain qualifications as they continue their hard work and commitment to community development.
We are very pleased and grateful that the Cabinet Secretary has come along today to acknowledge the efforts of our learners and make this particular award ceremony so memorable for them. It is fitting that the presentations are being made here at Oasis at Wallacewell, a vibrant community-based project in the North of the city.
Volunteers are the bedrock of effective community development and these awards help to build capacity and resilience into some of Scotland’s most challenged neighbourhoods.
Glasgow Kelvin College is proud of the work of our partner organisations and our community volunteers. We hope that this experience has built their confidence and given them an appetite for further learning. Today’s awards are concrete evidence of our commitment to the Statement of Ambition for adult learning.
Congratulations go to everyone involved and we, hopefully, look forward to welcoming these volunteers back into more advanced learning, either at one of our own campus buildings or another college. Well done to all.”