Motherwell Locality celebrates a year 
of learning

NS Discovery Group receive their bronze awards
NS Discovery Group receive their bronze awards

Motherwell Locality, Community Learning & Development Lifelong Learning Team held their annual Celebration of Learning Event in Dalziel High.

The evening began with a warm welcome from Mary Flannigan, Senior CLAD Practitioner for Lifelong Learning, who congratulated the learners on their achievements throughout the year.

For many participants, the evening celebrated the start of a learning journey, others celebrated completion of a course or project.

Ninety learners had their certificates presented to them by Motherwell West councillor Michael Ross.

The range of courses varied from formal SQA qualifications in ICT, communications, employability, to courses in parenting, baby massage, English for speakers of other languages and adult literacy and numeracy.

Eleven learners received certificates for The Discovery Award which is an 
achievement award for the over 50s.

There are three levels, bronze, silver and gold, divided into the four sections of hobby, recreational pursuit, service in the community and journey of discovery.

The formal part of the evening was rounded off with the special awards presented for outstanding achievement to individuals and groups.

For example, the Muirhouse Safety Group researched and designed an internet safety game for use with parents, carers and young people which has now been distributed for use in primary schools.

Motherwell Young Parents Group liaised with NHS staff to produce a booklet that will inform their peers of local support and of the care that can be expected before and after a baby is born.

The Walk and Talk Group were recognised for their enthusiasm and commitment to improving the health and wellbeing of local residents through managing the weekly health walk.

Councillor Ross spoke of the fantastic impact of lifelong learning on individuals, families and the local community before handing over to Barbara Philliben, community learning and inclusion 
manager, to give the vote 
of thanks.

She thanked the Motherwell Lifelong Learning Team and partners for organising the event and for the support offered to learners throughout the year.

In particular, she thanked all the individual learners for choosing Community Learning and Development and invited them to continue the celebrations with refreshments and a buffet provided by North Lanarkshire 
Council.