The final Angus Discovery Award meeting of 2014 took place last Tuesday, November 25, in the Panmure Centre, Carnoustie.
Described as a personal challenge, the programme is split into three levels - bronze, silver and gold - each consisting of four sections, including: service in the community, recreational pursuit, a hobby or interest and a Journey of Discovery.
Krystyna Baxter, silver and Evelyn Young, gold, were presented on the day with their certificates and badges by founder and previous director Mr Laurie Young M.B.E.
Margo Forbes, Arbroath also achieved her gold award, in absentia.
Supported by Angus Council’s Communities Department the achievement award is for people over 50 and is named after Ernest Shackleton’s ship ‘The Discovery’ in Dundee.
Aimed at all people over the age of 50 the award helps promote and active and healthy lifestyle by offering challenges that aim to stimulate and motivate people from all backgrounds.
Margo Forbes explains how she got involved: “It was about three years ago when I heard about the awards through the ‘Oot and Aboot’ walking group. One of the leaders of that was involved and she got me interested.
“The idea is to go out and try something you have never done before. Or perhaps something you have done in the past that you fancy picking up again.
“I chose knitting for my first skill, something I hadn’t done for years.”
The idea is based on the idea of Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme aimed at young people, but instead for those over 50.
“It’s very interesting,” said Margo. “You really do have to take an interest in it to make the most of it and I really enjoyed the process.
“The brilliant thing about it is what can come from it.”
Margo went on to explain how they have continued with their walking group and how it provides a great activity for the group as well as acting as a social function.
“I am currently in the process of completing the second gold award and am going to have a go at country dancing, advocacy, for the community section and combine doing photography and walking hobbies,” finished Margo.
For anybody wanting to get involved in the Discovery Awards please contact Tracy Lannon on 01241 853 091.