Saltire Awards given to Ayrshire College students

Saltire Awards given to Ayrshire College students

Ayrshire College students from the Connect to Enterprise course have earned Saltire Awards for their befriending project at the Grange Care Home in Kilmarnock.

The group’s ‘Take the Time’ project involved the students visiting the care home every week for the past two months, and taking part in activities with the residents.

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.

Connect to Enterprise students received their certificates - signed by John Swinney MSP, Deputy First Minister of Scotland and the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills - from one of the residents in the care home, Isobel, during afternoon tea.

Intergenerational friendships were made between the students and the residents, with a couple of the students planning to visit in their own time during their summer holidays. The success of the befriending project has ensured it will be delivered again in 2018/19.

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

Griffin Bisset, 18 from Galston, said “I’ve really enjoyed coming here and seeing all of the residents. I’ve baked for them every week and made friends with everyone here.”

12 June 2018

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