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DofE Presented To SLC Pupils
South Lanarkshire pupils were celebrating after receiving their Duke of Edinburgh Awards.
More than 250 teenage award holders packed out the Hamilton Town House for the presentation ceremony to receive their Bronze, Silver or Gold awards and each and every one of them has a story to tell about the challenges and achievements along the way.
To be awarded a Duke of Edinburgh Award, the young people must undertake volunteering, challenging activities and expeditions on their own and in teams.
The Director of Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in Scotland, Barry Fisher, was a special guest at the event.
He said: “Today the DofE is widely recognised as having a long-term positive impact on young people’s prospects as they develop vital skills for both life and work including confidence, commitment, team working and a real sense of community involvement.
“I congratulate each and every one of our award holders in South Lanarkshire on their personal and team achievements but would also like to congratulate the fantastic network of support that has been developed in this area to help them along the way.”
South Lanarkshire Council’s Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Co-ordinator Max Twomey said: “Gaining a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is an achievement in itself but going forward it does not only equip people with the skills and experiences they gained along the way it also offers them tangible evidence of what they have done that they can offer to employers, colleges and universities.”
Depute Council Leader Councillor Jackie Burns said: “I am delighted that South Lanarkshire Council, through schools and Universal Connections, is able to support the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award programme and the young people who take up the challenge it offers.
“An occasion such as our annual Duke of Edinburgh’s Award celebration is great evidence of the enormous contribution to society that is made by young people locally through the thousands of volunteer hours they contribute to others and through the hard work they put into gaining vital life skills.”
Apart from the presentation of awards highlights of the evening included a stop motion animation of their expedition created by participants from Cambuslang Universal Connections and an excerpt from Vertigo Theatre’s production of Beauty and the Beast Jr.