Volunteers honoured at Cumbernauld ceremony

Written by Scott Campbell, Cumbernauld Media's Senior Reporter.

Published at 08:03 on 10 July 2015

North Lanarkshire Council

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Attendees at the Cumbernauld New Town Hall awards ceremony.

OVER 100 community stalwarts had their hard work to better their local communities acknowledged earlier last month, at a special ‘Celebration of Learning’ event, in Cumbernauld.

Held in Cumbernauld’s New Town Hall, the Celebration of Learning event on the evening of June 2nd was an event geared towards marking and honouring the learners attending Community Learning and Development groups within the North area of North Lanarkshire to better their communities.

Organised by North Lanarkshire’s Community Learning and Development team, the evening was headed up by an awards ceremony, where around 82 of the some 100 people in attendance were presented with a certificate to thank them for their hard work.

“The Celebration of Learning event is an annual event organised by the Community Learning and Development Team in the north area, which covers Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Villages along with Moodiesburn, Stepps, Muirhead and surrounding villages,” Laura McIntosh, a Senior Practitioner for the Lifelong Learning and Community Capacity Building department explained.

“All learners who have been involved in Community Learning and Development over the last year are invited along and are given a certificate to reflect the hard work and commitment they have had to their learning,” she added.

Held at a glitzy awards ceremony in Cumbernauld’s New Town Hall, the event seen 82 of the some 100 attendees presented with awards in front of fellow community activists, local councillors and Andrew Sutherland, Executive Director of the council’s Learning and Leisure Services department.

Laura went on: “The theme behind the event was ‘Make It Happen’, reflecting how all of the adult learners engaging in Community Learning and Development actually ‘Make It Happen’ by being engaged in learning and the impact it has on their working, community, personal or family life. 

“To mark the theme there was a ‘Make It Happen’ video shown, at the event, reflecting the diversity of Community Learning and Development, which includes: Gaelic learners, adult literacy learners, Abronhill Learning Trust members and ESOL (English as a second and/or additional language) learners.

Attendees to the awards ceremony were able to participate in arts and crafts activities, a quiz, as well as the certificate presentation, speeches and a buffet.

“The event had a great atmosphere reflecting the success of the Community Learning and Development Team and all the learners they work with throughout the year,” Laura added.

If you would like any further information please contact Laura McIntosh/Alison Russell Senior Practitioners on 01236 638383.