Wigtownshire voluntary group wins national Adult Learners’ Week award

A local voluntary group from Wigtownshire has received national recognition for their local work to support learning and skills development within their local community.

Learners Together has won the Group Award at the national Adult Learners’ Week Awards Ceremony, organised through Scotland’s Learning Partnership.

Formed in 2018, the group has gone from strength to strength over the last few years supported by the Council’s Lifelong Learning Team and has attracted over £98,000 of external funding to provide a range of courses and learning opportunities such as driving theory, arts and crafts, cookery, family events, mental health and wellbeing support, funding a community garden project and many more!

Three Committee members have written books and poems and had them published and have now been invited to the Wigtown Book Festival to talk about their experiences and learning.

During COVID, the group bought “isolation packs” and helped deliver them within their local community to help support those who were struggling.

The award is testament to the members of the group who have overcome their own personal challenges and barriers in order provide a vital service to their community.

Chair of the Council’s Communities Committee, Councillor Ian Blake, enthused: “This is a fantastic achievement for the group and demonstrates the important impact that volunteering and Lifelong Learning can have on individuals and communities”.

Vice Chair of the Committee, Councillor Jackie McCamon, highlighted: “We are delighted that Learners Together have been recognised at a national level for the important work they are doing in our local community, and we wish them continued success in the future.”