Kirriemuir girl’s five Barnardo’s Dynamic Youth Awards

An awards ceremony was held at Barnardo's Scotland Arbroath Office to mark the achievement of Rebecca Howie, from Kirriemuir, who has attained five Dynamic Youth Awards. Pictured, from left: Arlene Dickson, team manager, Hopscotch; Rebecca Howie; Vicky Gosling, project worker; and Josephine Holmes, children services manager, Angus Services.

An awards ceremony was held at Barnardo's Scotland Arbroath Office to mark the achievement of Rebecca Howie, from Kirriemuir, who has attained five Dynamic Youth Awards. Pictured, from left: Arlene Dickson, team manager, Hopscotch; Rebecca Howie; Vicky Gosling, project worker; and Josephine Holmes, children services manager, Angus Services.

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A children’s charity has held an awards ceremony to mark the achievements of a young person who has attained five Dynamic Youth Awards.

Twelve-year-old Rebecca Howie, Kirriemuir, has completed not the usual one, but five Dynamic Youth Awards (DYA) – putting in over 366 hours of work to her portfolios.

This is the most recorded hours any young person taking part in the Awards has achieved in Barnardo’s Scotland.

The Dynamic Youth Awards require candidates to commit a minimum of five hours and, although there is no maximum time commitment, young people who achieve the highest, Five Star Award, are expected to commit over 160 hours of work, so well done Rebecca!

Barnardo’s Hopscotch Angus Service who supported Rebecca were so impressed with her achievements that they thought she merited an awards ceremony marking her success.

Dynamic Youth Awards are for young people aged over 10. They offer recognition and accreditation for young people’s achievement; they are personalised to each learner but each person has to complete a portfolio which details what task they hope to achieve including their research, planning and time management recording all details along the way.

The awards can be completed in and out of school.

Rebecca’s awards included planning the end of year Primary 7 party at Southmuir Primary School, and helping at her local sports club in Kirriemuir coaching gymnastics to five-year-olds in the local community.

Rebecca heard about the Dynamic Youth Awards through her volunteer befriender, Vicky Gosling, at Barnardo’s Hopscotch Angus service.

Rebecca said: “I wanted to do the awards because I knew I was going to be able to do something good for other people as well as myself, I tried to do my first Dynamic Youth Award with Young Carers when I was nine but I was too young and had to wait until I was 10.

“I really enjoyed putting the portfolios together and looking through them when I had finished reminding me what I’d done and what I had achieved.

“I’m really pleased I am able to keep the portfolios; I want to look over them in years to come.

“I learned tasks like keeping track of time, different ways of researching and how to plan activities, as well as finding out about different ways to fund-raise and how much work it takes to hold an event.

“I think all of the skills I learnt would be very beneficial for other children my age, it’s a good way to express what you’re doing and the things you enjoy. What I would say to other children thinking about doing the awards is they should totally ‘do it’ - it’s a great opportunity to boost your confidence and meet new people.”

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