At Swiis, we believe it’s important to recognise the amazing accomplishments that our young people and children achieve.
On 29th November 2017, a very special event was held in Dundee. Our young people and their carers celebrated the achievements our young people have worked towards with the Swiis Foster Care Dundee office over the past year, and what achievements they are!
The Swiis Awards Ceremony 2017 was held to honour the young people who have worked very hard in developing skills, trying new experiences, and learning something new. Over the past year, 28 young people have achieved a combination of 38 awards and qualifications between them! These included awards for; Internet Safety Awareness, participation in a 6-week Youth Group and Sports Leader UK Young Leaders Award. Some of the qualifications our young people worked hard to achieve were Personal Achievement Awards and Level 4 Volunteering Skills Awards. These are accredited by the Scottish Qualifications Authority and the Level 4 Sports Leader Award means that these young people can qualify as an assistant sports coach.
The evening was a great success, and their achievements were acclaimed by our very own Director of Foster Care Scotland, Sam Arnott. Invited guest speakers, Jamie McBrearty from Growth Mindset Dundee and local budding musician Neil McLaren gave inspirational and inspiring speeches on reaching life goals and developing in the face of adversity, which gave the young people a very powerful and motivational message. Special guests from Dundee United, players Cammy Ballantyne and Jamie Robson, kindly came along and presented the awards. Some of the supporters in attendance were left a little star-struck! The evening came to an end with some music from Neil, light refreshments and a chance for everyone to share and admire the medals, trophies and certificates they had received.
The feedback about both the awards, and the evening has been really positive from the young people and their carers. Taking this forward, we will be looking to continue to support wider achievement for our young people over the next year. Well done to all those that worked so hard this year, we’re so proud of you!
If this has inspired you to foster, please get in contact with us by sending us an enquiry, or by phoning us on 0333 240 9049.