Gold for young adults with disabilities in Knowsley

Published on: Wednesday, 17-December-2014

A group of young adults with learning difficulties from Knowsley have been presented with Gold Duke of Edinburgh awards by HRH the Earl of Wessex at St James’s Palace.

The six 23 to 25 year olds travelled to London to receive the prestigious award from HRH Prince Edward at a special Gold Award Duke of Edinburgh presentation ceremony.Six Meadowbrook students.

To successfully achieve the Gold Award each young person had to complete a series of demanding physical and mental challenges, including a five day residential in the wilderness, an outward bound expedition and community fund raising activities.

The young people are all enrolled on the Meadowbrook programme, delivered in partnership by Knowsley Council, Knowsley Community College, Activate and Knowsley Youth Mutual.  The two year programme consists of further education, employability skills, work experience and practical community based activities.

As part of the course Knowsley Youth Mutual deliver the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Cllr Gary See, Knowsley Cabinet Member for Children and Family Services, said:

“The Meadowbrook students have done brilliantly to achieve the Gold Award, the highest level of the Duke of Edinburgh Award. They’ve had to complete some very demanding tasks and have risen to the challenge on every occasion.

“The group are the first to complete the two year Meadowbook course; designed to give students the opportunity to improve their confidence, learn new life skills, develop their employability skills and work towards living more independently.

“Whilst working towards the Duke of Edinburgh Award is an enjoyable and rewarding part of the programme, it also equips many of the young people involved with skills they will use in their future endeavours.”

Ian said: “I loved doing my Duke of Edinburgh Gold, it was the best time of my life.”

Lauren commented: “Doing the Duke of Edinburgh gave me a lot more confidence.” “Sometimes it was very hard but I did it! It was Fantastic!” said Liam.

Image caption: The six Meadowbrook students in London to receive the Gold Duke of Edinburgh from HRH the Earl of Wessex at St James’s Palace.