Gowrie Care helps adult learners celebrate achievement in Dundee

(from left) Iona Summerton, Gowrie Care project worker; Stewart MacKay, Gowrie Care client; Douglas Knight, Gowrie Care client; Terri Coutts, Gowrie Care client; Amy Browne, Lead Scotland learning coordinator; Janet McBean, Gowrie Care client and Niamh Kelly, Gowrie Care project worker

Five Dundonians proved you are never too old to learn new skills when they were awarded employability skill-based accreditations in Dundee this week.

The Gowrie Care Dundee Futures’ clients aged between 36 and 60 gained their SCQF Levels 3, 4 and 6 Adult Achievement Awards in partnership with Lead Scotland.

The Adult Achievement Award recognises and accredits learning that has been acquired through undertaking activities including volunteering and work placements.

Stewart MacKay, one of those receiving his certificate, said: “I would be lost without volunteering. Completing the Adult Achievement Award has helped me build my confidence and meet new people.

“I have achieved SCQF Level 6, the equivalent of a Higher, which is a great addition to my CV. With the skills I have gained I plan to continue volunteering and work towards employment.”

Amy Browne, Stewart MacKay and Joy Dunlop, Gowrie Care managing director

Gowrie Care’s managing director, Joy Dunlop, said: “Our Dundee Futures project provides people with the skills they need to build the confidence required to lead better lives.

“For some of our clients this will be the first qualification they have ever attained, so it is quite an achievement. I was struck by just how infectious everyone’s desire to learn has become as every single person was talking about wanting to do something else or progress to the next step.”

Lead Scotland’s learning coordinator, Amy Browne, added: “I am so proud of this group of learners, not only for gaining this award, but for the wonderful contributions they are making to our local community through volunteering.

“This award is recognition for work that a person has already done but which is often not rewarded or recognised by anything physical. Now with an Adult Achievement Award this has changed.

“It was a pleasure to work with the learners and hear about all the wonderful things they had learned on their journeys. I wish them all good luck.”

A celebration event took place at Gowrie Care’s Learning Place in the Hilltown where participants were presented with their certificates and congratulated by senior staff.

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