Cedar Service Users Celebrate Success with SERC

Monday 03 July 2017

Cedar Service Users Celebrate Success with SERC at Prestigious Certificate Ceremony

Students who recently participated in SERC's 22nd Annual Summer Scheme attended an award ceremony receiving certificates presented by Lady Sylvia Hermon MP. The summer scheme, designed for people with disabilities, encouraged participants to take part in a variety of creative activities and provides a stepping stone for some of the students to progress to further education in the College in September.
This year's scheme, which ran at the Bangor, Lisburn and Newtownards campuses, offered students a chance to undertake taster courses in woodwork, metalwork and cookery. To celebrate the success of the Summer Scheme a 'Celebration of Achievement' event was held in Bangor Campus on Friday 23d June 2017. All participants were presented with a certificate by Lady Hermon MP, Patron of the Summer Scheme, before enjoying an end of summer scheme lunch.

Fiona Neely, SERC's Community Development Officer, said "It is great that service users from the Cedar Foundation were able to experience a variety of short leisure courses. I would also like to say a very special thank you to all involved, as without their help it would not have been possible."

SERC Principal and Chief Executive Ken Webb said: "It was a privilege to host this very special event and I would like to congratulate all of the students. The programme provides participants with relevant training, support, assistance, advice and guidance that will enhance their future training and employment opportunities. It also strengthens participants' confidence, and helps create the conditions where participants can fulfil their potential.

He continued: "The enthusiasm of all involved has ensured that students and staff enjoyed the sample courses on offer at SERC over the past three weeks. We look forward to welcoming some of the students to the College in September as they progress to further education."
Eileen Thomson, Deputy Chief Executive of Cedar added "Cedar is delighted to continue this partnership with SERC and I would like to congratulate all the students who took part in the summer scheme. I know the students really enjoy the diverse programme of training on offer as well as the opportunity to develop new skills. It wouldn't be possible without SERC providing such a variety of high quality courses".

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