An initiative which supports young people in Aberdeen’s regeneration areas is working to help youngsters through the Duke of Edinburgh Awards.
Streetsport is helping teenagers from Northfield and Torry to gain life skills and develop their confidence, communication and team work.
The first group of 15 youngsters will now be working towards the scheme’s bronze or silver levels.
It is hoped the youngsters will gain vital skills and take part in activities which may be a new experience for them such as camping in the countryside.
Aberdeen City Council’s Duke of Edinburgh Awards and wider achievement manager Mark Pain said: “The Duke of Edinburgh Awards helps develop confidence, resilience, friendships and skills for work and can be a passport to a brighter future, as colleges, universities and employers have high regard for this award so it can help open doors.
“By taking part in the Streetsports programme, for example, young people are volunteering or doing physical activity, which counts towards their Duke of Edinburgh Awards.
“There is flexibility to tailor the programme to suit the interests of the individual so they develop skills in areas that interest them.”
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He added: “With hard work and determination, the Duke of Edinburgh Awards is within their grasp and we at Aberdeen City Council are pleased to be working on this pilot with the help of our partners to offer them further accreditation.
“We hope it will achieve positive results, by increasing life opportunities for young people across Aberdeen, regardless of their postcode or address.”
The project has been funded by the Aberdeen Standard Investments’ Charitable Foundation.
Claire Drummond, head of charitable giving for Aberdeen Standard Investments, said: “The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is a highly-regarded programme that is now being made more accessible for young people living in Torry and Northfield who are already involved in a programme that sees them commit to regular volunteering, physical activity and skills development.”