Sainsbury’s Newton Stewart has announced that Apex Scotland will receive a year’s worth of fundraising and awareness support as the new Local Charity partner for the retailer’s local store.
Staff and volunteers of Apex Highland have received the High Life Highland award for Exceptional Staff contribution for work completed at the Abriachan Forest. This was for Apex’s ongoing development of the Literacy Trail in partnership with Highland Adult Literacies and Abriachan Forest Trust.
The pupils of Apex Inclusion Unit in Dunfermline High School are raising money for a trip to Alton Towers both for young people involved in the school’s Challenge Programme and those who are facing difficult circumstances. The most recent fundraising event, bag packing at Asda, raised £427.
Dunfermline High School 3rd and 4th year pupils who attend the Apex Inclusion Unit there were invited to spend a week with Scottish Fire and Rescue Service in Fife, learning what it means to be a fire fighter. The full-time course is specifically designed for youths, highlighting the effects and hazards of fire as well as training in first aid, and drug and alcohol awareness.
Fife Young Carers staff visited the Apex Inclusion Unit in Lochgelly High School recently and were presented with a donation from the pupils.
Over a period of 3 years, with the support of our service users and volunteers Apex Highland has successfully completed its learning trail in Abriachan Forest which was formally launched on 3rd May 2013.
Members of a new women’s group showcased their creative talent in an art exhibition recently. The art group is part of a programme called Women Only Workshop (W.O.W) which has been introduced by Apex Forth Valley and aims to help women build confidence, learn new skills and develop social networks.
As a conclusion to group sessions looking at crime and its consequences, Kirkland High School Inclusion Unit organised a visit to Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court. The young people wanted to visit the court to experience being a member of the jury and listened to a variety of cases.
Apex Scotland were invited to sit on the panel at one of the larger workshops led by Angela Constance MSP, Minister for Youth Employment, who spoke about the continuing work to reduce youth unemployment and confirmed the Scottish Government’s support for Community Jobs Scotland (CJS) for another year.
Following the success of Apex Scotland’s Inclusion Units, Apex’s Chief Executive, Alan Staff, participated in a roundtable discussion with the Scottish Government’s Justice Committee on the connections between school exclusions and offending.