A helping hand at Girvan Opportunities
A day service which supports adults with learning disabilities in Girvan and the surrounding area has just been awarded a certificate of excellence from ASDAN a charity which supports thousands of registered learning centres throughout the UK.
The certificate, which has only been awarded to 9 learning centres in Scotland, was given in recognition of excellent practice particularly in relation to 'Inclusive Curriculum' as Girvan Opportunities ensure learning is accessible to all.
For the last 3 years, Girvan Opportunities has provided ASDAN classes to develop life skills among adults, giving them the confidence to become more independent and achieve their personal outcomes.
The classes in Girvan have a person centred approach and have been developed with the thoughts and aspirations of learners in mind.
The certificate acknowledges that Girvan Opportunities provide a flexible learning environment helping adults with learning disabilities fulfil their potential.
The centre is popular among adult learners and this recognition by ASDAN is the icing on the cake. This is what some of the service users had to say:
"I liked getting to meet new people" David
"I speak up more now" Brian
"I like going out in the community" Samantha
"It has helped with my writing skills" Alistair
Councillor Rita Miller, Chair of the South Ayrshire Integration Joint Board said: "This is a wonderful achievement for the service and is the culmination of a lot of hard work. It's clear the people love attending and not just to learn new things but to socialise and gain confidence too. Staff take time to understand the needs of the learners and I am glad that this attention to detail has been recognised by ASDAN.
"Anyone that wants to learn in South Ayrshire should have the opportunity no matter their age, background or ability. These learners are proof that small steps can make a big difference. Well done to the staff and to everyone that attends Girvan Opportunities."
John Furness, Director of National Operations for ASDAN said: "In 2016 ASDAN selected 114 centres to receive the Centre of Excellence Certificate, 9 were from Scotland. Girvan Opportunities was awarded the ASDAN certificate for Centre Excellence of its outstanding work in Scotland and its inclusive curriculum'