Family and friends gather for the prize-giving
Adult and young learners from the North of Ayr gathered together recently to celebrate their achievements. The learners picked up certificates from the Council after completing a range of workshops and courses on everything from IT and Food Hygiene through to First Aid.
Around 125 learners attended the ceremony which recognised their hard work and commitment to changing their lives for the better. The Council worked in partnership with other agencies such as Ayrshire College and the Scottish Rural College to deliver the courses and improve the skills of those taking part.
The feedback from the learners has been really positive:
Lisa Tierney said: "I have taken part in many courses at Lochside Community Centre and all of them have been fantastic. The courses have given me confidence and I now volunteer with the likes of Ayr Gaiety. In the future I would like to move onto working in the Gaiety or with children. Thank you to everyone who has helped me on my journey."
Erika Palmer & Mollie Allan commented: "We have taken part in the Lochside Youth Group for 2 years now and have achieved Dynamic Youth Award's for our activities. The Tam Fest arts workshop was fantastic and taking part in the town centre parade was very exciting."
Brian Shields said: "The courses have really changed my life. I achieved an SQF award on the 'Introduction to Retail' course and I enjoyed my time on the Canny Cooking course so much that I now volunteer in the kitchen at the Community Centre."
Councillor William Grant, Lifelong Learning Portfolio Holder said: "I would like to congratulate all the learners for their achievements. There is a real appetite among adults and young people living in the Ayr North community to get involved and learn new things. They are an inspiration and proof that we are never too old to learn."
The Council's Community Learning & Development team are at Lochside Community Centre Monday to Friday to provide a range of learning opportunities for young people and adults.
If you would like to know more please drop into the Community Centre or contact Scott Thomson, Community Learning and Development Officer on 01292 616169, firstname.lastname@example.org or Samantha Brown Lochside Learning Centre Co-ordinator on 01292 267381 Samantha.Brown@south-ayrshire.gov.uk