Nov 22 2011

Councillor Bill Stephenson’s Leaders Blog – November 21, 2011

I attended a wonderful little function yesterday (21st November) to celebrate and congratulate eight members of Vaughan Neighbourhood Resource Centre who have successfully completed the Bronze Section of the ‘Discovery Award’ Scheme.

This scheme has been called not very precisely ‘the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for the over 50s.’ It has been running for 25 years. The overall aim is that participants will experience the discovery of new strengths, interests, talents and friends and that as a result of this discovery their commitment to the service of others will foster the idea that members of any community have a responsibility to each other.

Harrow Service users are the first Learning Disability group to achieve this award in the UK. The recipients had been involved in many different ways such as litter picking in West Harrow Park, helping in St Peter’s Church, knitting, and helping to look after a communal garden.

I was very clear that all those concerned had had to work hard for their award, had thoroughly enjoyed doing it and were very proud to receive their certificates from Cllr Margaret Davine.

Although this was a day for the award winners a lot of praise must go to the Community Care Team for all their hard work in making this a real success. Now for silver and for more bronzes!

It is events like this which make it worth being a councillor – really making a difference.

Source: Harrow Council


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