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Rural Skills Work In The Community

28 OCT 2020

The Dumfries Academy S4 Rural Skills class have been showing real community spirit and have been helping others in the local area, using what they have learned on their SQA skills for work course. They have teamed up with a whole variety of local people and organisations to carry out environmental improvements.

Partnered with Loreburn Community council, the pupils built on gardening lessons from Lisa Callander Bone and Felix Waterhouse of the Catherine Street Inclusive garden to cut away overgrown water shoots on the trees on the Greensands and to tidy the area to make it more user friendly for everyone. This helps improve the look of a slightly neglected area, stops unsightly litter gathering at the base of the trees and makes the walkway safer for pedestrians on darker evenings. The class tackled the jobs with typical enthusiasm and energy and were encouraged by the number of positive comments they got from passers by as they worked hard.

The second piece of community help involved four of the class digging the garden of an elderly resident in Lincluden. Each of the four pupils, Nathan Donaldson, Bryan Loughlin, David Howes and Cameron Bond live locally and were more than happy to use their skills to help others. The project was co-ordinated by Anne McAllister, support worker and her husband Harry, a janitor at the school. Due to Covid 19 risks, the boys followed all health and safety guidelines and worked hard to carry out the tasks they were asked to do. Getting a chance to work across the generations was a real success with each of the boys gaining in confidence knowing that their work is really appreciated. In turn, they were given an old greenhouse for the school which was dismantled over many hours by Harry. This will come in very handy over the winter months as the class learn the finer points of crop production and estate maintenance as part of their course. Now the class have to put the greenhouse up - which is like doing a 200-piece jigsaw without a picture!

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