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Caring kids achieve Duke of Edinburgh success

Billy Fairnie, Emma Hewitt and Joseph Wiltshire with their award certificates

Caring kids achieve Duke of Edinburgh success

Young people from Renfrewshire Carer’s Centre are celebrating after completing the first step in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.

The group have achieved Bronze Award status in the long-running national scheme for young people.

Renfrewshire Council is an ‘operating authority’ for the scheme and the council’s Youth and Sports Services team takes many local young people through the scheme.

Billy Fairnie, Emma Hewitt and Joseph Wiltshire with their award certificates

The scheme asks young people to volunteer, develop a skill or hobby, test their physical fitness and undertake an expedition. Participants work through the Bronze and Silver award levels before attempting the ultimate Gold Award.

Councillor Jacqueline Henry, convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Education Policy Board, said: “My congratulations go to all of these young people on a tremendous achievement.

“The Duke of Edinburgh Scheme needs a major commitment of time and effort and to balance it up with caring commitments shows great dedication.

“The award is a major boost to any young person’s CV and I know it’s highly valued by prospective employers. But it also helps build confidence and self-esteem which are so important heading into adulthood.

Youth and Sport Services are currently looking for adult volunteers who can support scheme activities. If you’re interesting in lending your support, call the team on 0141 889 1110.