‘Fantastic job’ by Burnfoot mums earns them top learning award

Time to chill from Hawick receive their adult learning award
Time to chill from Hawick receive their adult learning award

A YOUNG parents’ group from Burnfoot has scooped a prestigious accolade at the annual Adult Learners Awards.

Time 2 Chill was announced as the winner of the group section at the 14th Adult Learners Awards ceremony at Borders College in Galashiels last week, seeing off stiff competition from across the region.

And the worker who led a group of nine parents through the programme, which is aimed at improving their parenting skills and dealing with issues such as stress management and difficult children, says she was delighted with their success.

Adult learning worker Lisa Anderson told the Hawick News: “I couldn’t be prouder of this group which I worked with six months ago.

“They chose to do a personal development unit and self-awareness qualification, and it was a very emotional time.

“One of them was battling breast cancer, there were miscarriages and the loss of loved ones, but regardless of what was going on around them, they kept on going.”

Led by Scottish Borders Council’s Community Learning and Development, the group meets every Thursday in the school to focus on health and wellbeing, as well as confidence-building. They hold a wide variety of activities from arts and crafts, to cooking and lifestyle, and also devised a programme that would address their needs and aspirations, including strengths and weaknesses as parents.

The group has gained the confidence to organise community events, as well as volunteering in other projects and taking on new learning challenges.

Lisa added: “They did a fantastic job and were a great group in terms of supporting each other. I felt they deserved the recognition, because they probably wouldn’t give themselves the credit.”

Veronica Blackwood, chair of the Adult Learners Awards, commented: “The standard of nominations this year was so high that we found it very difficult to select our category winners. Our learners have worked very hard, and the awards have demonstrated this. They should be really proud of what they’ve achieved.”