THREE local members of the public who went on a voyage of discovery have been presented with awards.
At a fun day staged in the Damacre Centre, Brechin, a week past Saturday, to mark the 25th anniversary of the Discovery Award, a silver certificate was presented to Frances Smith, with Mary Dow and Edna Sim accepting bronze certificates from Discovery Award director Laurie Young MBE.
It was back in 1987 that the Discovery Award was formed, during an adventure weekend for the over fifties run by Tayside Outoor Education Service.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards Scheme adviser from Dundee, an outdoor community education worker and six enthusiastic men and women put together a programme of activity and self-development and the Discovery Award was born.
The award is open to all, regardless of state of health and level of ability.
At present the oldest participant is well over 80.
Providing you are over fifty and are prepared to accept an exciting and rewarding challenge the award is for you.
It is an opportunity for you to discover new strengths and hidden challenges; new interests or new life in old ones; new and interesting people; the satisfaction of helping others; and the joy of unexpected achievement.
The Discovery award is non-competitive, flexible and achievable.
Progress is at your own pace and within your own capabilities.
You set your own goals and then reap the reward of your achievement.
There are three levels – bronze, silver and gold – all divided into four sections and each with an agreed timescale.
Each level is rewarded with its own award and timescale.
The sections are service in the community, a hobby or interest, a recreational pursuit and a journey of discovery.
If getting involved in the Discovery Award is for you there are a couple of meetings coming up in the area.
The first will be held in the Forfar Academy Community Wing on Monday, August 27, at 2.30 p.m. and the second at the Damacre Centre in Brechin, on Tuesday, August 28, at 2 p.m.
It is an opportunity for existing participants to keep up to date with planned activities and potential new members to learn more about what the award is all about.