Ayrshire College nominated at SQA Star Awards

Ayrshire College nominated at SQA Star Awards

Ayrshire College has been shortlisted in two categories at the 2018 SQA Star Awards, with two of its students nominated for the College Candidate of the Year Award.

Sport and Fitness students Reegan Stevenson and Ross Munro will look to continue the College’s incredible run in the category - with the past four winners of the award coming from Ayrshire College.

Previous winners James O’Neill (2017), Natasha Kerr (2016), Stephen Wilson (2015), and Angela Alexander (2014) were also Sport and Fitness students at Ayrshire College.

Both Reegan and Ross are part of the Scottish Football Association’s VIP Programme, which involves them delivering coaching sessions to youngsters on a variety of sports - particularly disability sports such as boccia.

The pair are also heavily involved in the Ayrshire Sportsability’s Festival of Sport every October, delivering disability sport sessions to over 500 participants at South West Scotland’s largest disability sports festival.

Ayrshire College is also a finalist in the Partnership Award category at the SQA Star Awards, for its ‘Take the Time’ project.

‘Take the Time’ was developed by the College’s Supported Learning team to give its students the chance to complete academic units by spending time at Grange Care Home in Kilmarnock. The Connect to Enterprise group became accredited befrienders and spent time with care residents in one-to-one and group sessions.

The students explored areas such as health and wellbeing, being part of the community, volunteering, and becoming responsible citizens by giving back to the community.

At the end of the project, the Connect to Enterprise students were awarded Saltire Awards. The Saltire Awards is the Scottish Government’s national youth volunteer awards. They celebrate, recognise and reward the commitment, contribution and achievements of young volunteers in Scotland.

Derek Lennox, Lifestyle Co-ordinator at the Grange Care Home, said of the students’ project “This has been wonderful from the start. We’ve had a different theme every week, whether it’s arts and crafts, a sing-along or games, and the residents have taken to it really well.”          

Heather Dunk OBE, Principal at Ayrshire College, said “We are very proud of this achievement and delighted to see our students' work being recognised at the SQA Star Awards.”

20 September 2018

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