We were delighted to present the volunteer group based in Stirling with our Volunteer Award for significantly transforming path links in the local area.
The group of students worked tirelessly to clear a blocked path in Plean Country Park by chopping down overgrown branches and creating drainage areas.
Lecturer and course tutor, Elaine Cuthill, said: “We are over the moon to have received this fantastic news. The students involved are delighted that their hard work and efforts have culminated in an award such as this.”
Stirling Workstart were faced with all types of weather including heavy rain, wind and snow, but through teamwork and dedication the group were able to clear the path which is now useable for everyone.
Elaine added: “Our students face multiple barriers to learning including lack of self-confidence and self-esteem.
“With Paths for All we were able to set up a project that could develop communication skills, team working and problem solving skills. The project staff were very supportive and encouraged the students to meet their potential, leave their comfort zones and rise to the challenge.
“Knowing that the path is frequently used, particularly by horse riders, fills us all with tremendous pride. It took the students two whole days to clear the path in sometimes difficult weather conditions.
“We have noticed more people using the path which is amazing and we have received lots of positive feedback, making all of the student’s efforts worthwhile.
“Seeing these young people grow in self-belief is the driving force behind why this group exists, and to be recognised on the national stage is a further example to the students why team building exercises can create great rewards.
“I am very proud of the Stirling Workstart students and would like to thank Paths for All for this great opportunity.”
Stirling Workstart of Forth Valley College won our Path Skillz Group of the Year at our 2020 Volunteer Awards, you can view the rest of the winners here.