A helping hand from the First Minister

By Martin Davidson, Scottish Director for The Outward Bound Trust

Sturgeon Table

On the morning of Friday 4th March 2016, we were delighted to receive a visit from Nicola Sturgeon at  Lambhill Court Care Home, Kinning Park, Glasgow, where one of our community projects was being delivered by participants of The Mark Scott Leadership for Life Award.  

Now in its 19th year, The Mark Scott Leadership for Life Award is an 8-month programme involving schools right across the Central Belt of Scotland which tackles divisive issues in society through a combination of outdoor and community based learning.

During her visit, Nicola Sturgeon met with staff, residents and the five strong south-Glasgow based project team, who were hard at work creating a sensory garden and raised vegetable beds for Lambhill Court’s elderly residents. The team was made up of two pupils from Shawlands Academy, along with one pupil from Lourdes Secondary School, Rosshall Academy and St Paul’s High School. Martin Davidson and John Chivall (Mark Scott Leadership for Life Project Coordinator) attended from The Outward Bound Trust.

The group has been working together since October 2015 when they began their Award programme with a five-day residential course at The Outward Bound Trust’s Loch Eil centre near Fort William. Since then they have been meeting regularly to plan, raise funds and procure all the required materials to realise this project for the benefit of Lambhill Court residents, staff and visitors. The hard work and digging started on Thursday 3rd March and was completed on Saturday 5th March 2016.

This is not the first time the First Minister has engaged with the Award Programme. In June last year, Nicola Sturgeon kindly invited a number of young people from her Glasgow Southside constituency involved in the Award to meet her at the Scottish Parliament. The participants were also given a tour of the Parliament and attended First Minister’s Question time. We are truly delighted that Ms Sturgeon takes a personal interest in this programme, which has benefited hugely from Scottish Government support in recent years.

‘It was great to meet the young people involved in this project, I found their commitment and enthusiasm very inspiring. The garden is taking shape well and will be a lovely addition to Lambhill.’ Nicola Sturgeon

Donna Barrowcliffe, responsible for Activities at Lambhill Court comments: “We were delighted that the group selected our care home for their community project. The results speak for themselves and the pupils have done a fantastic job which we shall all benefit from in the months and years to come. It’s been a pleasure working with such focused and helpful young people all of which deserve their Mark Scott Leadership for Life Award. I wish them all the best for the future.”

To find out more about the Mark Scott Leadership for Life Award and how you can be a part of it visit: mslfla.org