Tenants of a retirement housing development have embarked on a mission to stay active by taking part in a global initiative for the over 50s.
Fifteen tenants from Glenview Court in Motherwell have become involved in the Discovery Award, a scheme dubbed the ‘Duke of Edinburgh for over 50s’ by North Lanarkshire Council, with support from volunteers from the Dalziel St Andrew’s Parish Church.
The award is aimed at increasing activity among older people, giving participants the opportunity to complete activities of a chosen leisure within a timescale at their own pace, progressing through the stages from bronze to silver to gold.
The tenants, aged 70 to 95, have been involved in the scheme for the past two years and have most recently started courses to become more tech-savvy on iPads as part of the project.
Agnes McBride joined the group when she moved into the development two years ago. She graduated with her silver award in June and is now hoping to achieve gold next year by taking part in activities every Thursday alongside fellow tenants.
The 77-year-old said: ‘”When I moved into Glenview Court, I continued my knitting, walking and reading, and I have just begun to learn the iPad.
“Signing up to the Discovery Award is a great way to keep yourself active and meet new people. There weren’t many of us to start with, but I think there are approximately 15 tenants who are involved in some shape or form now, which is fantastic to see.”
The Discovery Award, named after the famous ship in Dundee, is encouraged by local authorities around Scotland and North Lanarkshire Council organises many of the activities Agnes and her friends take part in.