Young people are solid gold winners with Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards 2015

Published Date: 

14 Jul 2015 - 16:45

Seven young people from across Argyll and Bute achieved their Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award this year.

The coveted gold award requires a minimum of 12 months to complete, and includes volunteering, physical skills, expedition, and activities based outwith Argyll and Bute.

The seven who achieved the high standard demanded of the award are: Jamie Sinclair, Kerry Mackay, Emily Scott and Kirsty Campbell (Lorn); Tara Christie (Tarbert); Rosemary Jennings-Maun and Amy Kick (Helensburgh)

The Duke of Edinburgh Award is all about self-development.  It is non-competitive and focuses on helping young people to improve existing skills or gain new talents, abilities or perspectives and being the best they can.

The Duke of Edinburgh Award continues to grow in Argyll and Bute with the support of volunteer leaders and Argyll and Bute Council’s Youth Services.

The council’s Policy Lead for Community and Culture, Councillor Robin Currie, said, “The council is ensuring that as many young people as possible benefit from the opportunity to learn new skills, help others and experience adventure. They have been busy getting involved with a whole array of activities and have only been limited by their own imaginations.

“These young people are the future of our communities and I congratulate them on their determination and diligence in meeting the stringent requirements necessary to achieve the gold standard award.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the parents and the Duke of Edinburgh volunteer leaders for their hard work and continued support of the young people.”

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Gold Award Presentation took place in the Gardens of the Palace of Holyrood House. Kerry Mackay, from Oban, was the only student to travel to Holyrood Palace to receive her award.

The presentation of the certificates, on behalf of HRH Earl of Wessex, was made by comedian and radio presenter Des Clarke.

If you would like to volunteer or take part in the  DofE in your area visit www.dofe.org or contact

 youthservices@argyll-bute.gov.uk or  Nona Thomas Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Development Officer nona.thomas@argyll-bute.gov.uk  01631 567 902