Wath group celebrate top award win

Centre users from Oak Day Centre celebrate achieving their Gateway bronze awards. Pictured back l-r are Claire Hobson, community facilitator, Coun John Doyle, Ricky Edwards, 39, and Anthony Wilson, community facilitator. Front l-r are Kenny Endicott, 31, Lauren Joyce, 27, Jenny Reed, 29, and Janet Millett, 55. Picture: Liz Mockler S1152LM
Centre users from Oak Day Centre celebrate achieving their Gateway bronze awards. Pictured back l-r are Claire Hobson, community facilitator, Coun John Doyle, Ricky Edwards, 39, and Anthony Wilson, community facilitator. Front l-r are Kenny Endicott, 31, Lauren Joyce, 27, Jenny Reed, 29, and Janet Millett, 55. Picture: Liz Mockler S1152LM
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A GROUP of people with learning difficulties have each scooped a top award for completing a series of challenges.

The six service users at Oaks Day Centre in Wath-upon-Dearne were presented with the Gateway Award (Bronze Level).

The group - Janet Millitt, Ricky Edwards, Jenny Reed, Lauren Joyce, Kenny Endicott and Chris Endicott, were presented with their certificates last Wednesday by Swinton councillor John Doyle.

The award has been described as the ‘learning difficulties equivalent of the Duke of Edinburgh award’ and saw the group completing a series of challenges.

They had to take on tasks covering five different categories including lifestyle, fitness, volunteering, hobbies and an adventure challenge.

This involved such activities as organising a trip to Doncaster Airport, volunteering at a local café and doing gardening work in the community.

Linda Daley, project co-ordinator, said: “We are really proud of them and it was a lot of hard work.

“It took them 18 months to complete it.

“But they really enjoyed taking part and it was a good way for them to show people in the community what they can do.

“This also gives them a qualification which they will always have.

“It just goes show what can be achieved by people with learning difficulties and I hope they will inspire more people to try the award.”

Coun Doyle said: “I am delighted to have been asked along to present these awards.

“The level of achievement required to secure these honours is staggering.

“This is the Learning Disabilities equivelant of the Duke of Edinburgh award and I am sure the Oaks Day Centre are very proud of these remarkable achievements.”

The group are now intending to take on the silver and gold versions of the award over the coming years.