Super College students show anything is possible

NQ Personal and Social Development students at City of Glasgow College recently took part in the Leonard Cheshire Disability Can Do project.

The college’s Personal and Social Development programme is designed for students with additional support needs who want to develop independence and employability skills.

There are currently 12 students on the one year course and the Can Do project specifically enhances the learning of SQA units, Preparing for Employment and Outdoor Activities by offering practical work experience.

Elizabeth Ferguson, who was recently presented with the Year of Young People: Inspiring Young Person Award at the college’s Students’ Association Summit, said:

“Amanda from Can Do came into the college to talk about the activities we could get involved in. We took part in volunteering at the Possobilities centre in Possilpark to make Shower Bags and Thinking-of-You cards for homeless people. We built and painted bird boxes, took part in film-making workshops and made pedal powered smoothies.

“I liked painting the bird boxes and am looking forward to seeing them hanging in our college gardens. We also donated some to the Townhead café and Adelphi garden – which our old college buildings were linked to. I also enjoyed filming, and Ioved being the Director.

“Taking part in the project has helped me learn new skills. I also now go to the art club at Possobilities which I am really enjoying.”

Gillian Graham, Lecturer for Community and Youth Partnerships at City of Glasgow College, said:

“Students and staff have really enjoyed working with the Can Do volunteering programme and participating in this project. It has been a fantastic opportunity for the students to develop employability skills and life skills for the future. I look forward to working together with Can Do again on future projects.”

Amanda Muncie, Programme Coordinator, Can Do, said:

“Glasgow Leonard Cheshire Disability supports disabled people throughout the UK and overseas. Its Can Do project is a wider achievement programme for young people with additional support needs. Since 2008 Can Do has supported thousands of young people to contribute to their local communities through volunteering opportunities whilst gaining accreditation and qualifications.”

The Can Do sessions took place every Monday for four weeks with students completing 16 hours volunteering in order to gain their SQA Certificates.