The Apex Forth Valley team attended an award ceremony at the Falkirk Wheel for our clients that participated in the Green Action Outlook project 2014, a 12-week course that started on 9 September 2014. The day gave a good opportunity to try out the public nature trail path that they had helped to create. As well as the footpath, participants built play parks for children, created garden areas within the confines of the woods and tidied up refuse from the woods.
The Green Action Outlook project is a volunteer opportunity for 16-25 year olds to gain work experience, earn awards, meet new people, make friends and learn new skills such as gardening, landscaping, conservation and maintenance. Our four clients – David Callum, Jay Haney, Sean McLean and Charlie Reynolds – all took part in the project every Thursday, each achieving a number of certificates including the Saltire Award for 25 hours volunteering, the Discovery Award from Scottish Waterways Trust, Water Safety Award from Green Action Falkirk, Certificate of Achievement from the Scottish Waterways Trust and Emergency First Aid from St. Andrew’s First Aid.
The award ceremony was followed by a lovely lunch hosted by the Scottish Waterways Trust and everyone had the opportunity to try their hand at archery located by the side of the nature trail.