A new Duke of Edinburgh Awards group based in Stonehaven will be opening its doors to new and existing participants this month.
A meeting to explain what is involved in the scheme will take place next Tuesday, October 8, from 7pm at Mackie Academy and is open to all young people (aged 14 to 24), parents and members of the community who may wish to get involved.
Until recently, many young people who wished to participate in the scheme have had to travel to Portlethen which has been the base for the Bettridge Award Group.
While this group worked hard to support the 80-plus participants, it became apparent that the young people would benefit if an additional group was set up.
The new Stonehaven body will be an open award group, which means that participants don’t have to be affiliated to a particular organisation.
It will be run from Mackie Academy – co-ordinated by teacher, Mrs Loraine McNeill - with Mr Kieran Kenny undertaking a sponsorship role for the scheme. Participants who are currently working towards an award with the Bettridge group will be able to start the next level of award with the Stonehaven body, and new participants can start either their bronze, silver or gold awards when the group kicks off after the October school holidays.
Anyone wishing to find out about joining should attend next week’s meeting.
The organising group is also interested in hearing from members of the community who may be prepared to help participants to achieve aspects of the award scheme such as learning a skill, undertaking a physical activity or volunteering for a not-for-profit organisation.
Anyone who has the time and patience to work with young people once a week for a few months should make themselves known at the forthcoming meeting.