Rrrrallye Team Supports Awards For Young People The Rrrrallye Team is supporting a number of young people to achieve a variety of awards through an event which is taking place on 14th June 09. Youth Achievement, Duke of Edinburgh, Millennium Volunteer Award and Dynamic Youth are some of the awards that young people can achieve through a fundraising event. Youth Achievement Awards These are for young people aged 14 and over who would benefit from accreditation for volunteering through informal learning. Sharon Duncan, Senior Youth worker in Keith and Fiona Herd Community Learning and development both support young people aged 14 years and over to work towards their Youth Achievement Award. The awards promote key life skills including planning, communicating, teamwork, reflecting and leading. The Scottish Qualifications Authority recently announced that the Youth Achievements Awards which are licensed in Scotland through Youth Scotland, has gained credit rating and levelling against the Scottish credit and Qualifications framework. The S.C.Q.F. credit rating and levelling of the Youth Achievement Awards now means that young people will be able to directly map their achievements in youth work against school based qualifications. The Youth Achievements Awards credit rating and levelling is :- BRONZE; Level 4 with 7 S.C.Q.F. credit points Comparable to a General Standard Grade SILVER; Level 5 with 11 S.C.Q.F. credit points Comparable to a Credit Standard Grade GOLD; Level 6 with 14 S.C.Q.F. credit points Comparable to a Higher PLATINUM; Level 7 with 16 S.C.Q.F. credit points Comparable to an Advanced Higher Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Karen Forbes, New Start Development Worker and Carol Holiday Keith Grammar School, both support young people to achieve their Duke of Edinburgh Award. This award supports young people aged 14-25, to work towards Bronze, Silver and Gold awards. Each young person builds their own individual learning programme through four distinct sections of the programme, Skills, Physical recreation, Service, and expedition (with a residential project at gold level only). Millennium Volunteer Award VCM Youth Development Worker Angela Hinchcliffe in an instrumental link between organisation and young people. This link allows young people to access organisations and be fully supported during their volunteering experience. VCM fully supports the achievement of Millennium Volunteer Millennium Volunteer Award. MVA is a national initiative that recognises the contributions young people make to volunteering in their local community. Young people work towards 3 certificates; 50 and 100 hours, then finally a 200 hour certificate of excellence. Each of these certificates bears the signature of a Scottish Government Minister. Not only does this show potential employers/further education etc, that this young person has worked incredibly hard to gain this recognition, but it also shows commitment and dedication to making positive change within their community. Volunteer Centre Moray, based at 15 High Street, Elgin IV30 1EQ Contact Details T: 01343 544104 F: 01343541749 Dynamic Youth These awards are aimed at 10-14 year olds and only needs a minimum of 5 hours commitment of volunteering. There are 3 levels to work towards, 5-15, 16-30 and over 30 hours. Young people can achieve a variety of awards through volunteering within their community to build confidence, self-esteem and personal goals that can be acknowledged by certificates of recognition, which can then be added to their personal CV. Jean Pryde (01542886630) Intensive Support Worker, from The Loft Youth Project works alongside young people and workers to support the achievement of these awards. She has close links to the VCM and actively encourages young people to gain recognition by means of awards. Further details on how to get involved in these awards and others can be sought from the above people or a member of the Rrrrallye Team.