A portfolio of achievements

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The achievements of young people were centre stage at an awards ceremony hosted by a groundbreaking youth project recently.

The Positive Achievements project, which is held at Hillhead Community Centre, celebrated the efforts of 22 young people from across East Dunbartonshire and all were presented with certificates by Councillor Rhondda Geekie.

A total of 258 awards were handed out, meaning all of the young people received a “portfolio of awards” in areas such as food hygiene, first aid, customer service and outdoor pursuits.

One of the mums who attended the ceremony said she is delighted with the progress her son has made, after a history of getting in trouble in and out of school and suffering from low self esteem.

She said: “I would like to thank all who make this project possible, as I now have my son back to being the boy we all know and love. I have a son to be proud of again.

“During my son’s time at positive achievements his life has totally turned around. He wants his education and all the qualifications he can get. He wants the best out of life now.

“He works well with small groups and people he knows, likes and can relate to which has all been possible for him at Positive Achievements.”

The partnership-funded and local authority-managed youth project, based in Kirkintilloch, held the event to celebrate the learning and achievements of young people who had participated in the programme during the first half of 2015.

Leader of East Dunbartonshire Council, Rhondda Geekie, said: “It was a privilege to be invited to present the awards and certificates at the Positive Achievements ceremony.

“The courses completed will stand the students in very good stead as they go into employment or pursue further study, I wish them all the very best in the future.”

There are three types of courses on offer including the School Leaver Programme, Jobs, Education, Training & Volunteering Programme, and the intensive Posi + programme.

For more information please call 0141 777 3029 (ext 4081/2) or email: positive.achievements@eastdunbarton.gov.uk.