Stuart Gawley and Kerry Hawkins from Lisburn who took part in a Summer School were among the 54 people with disabilies who were presented certificates at a graduation ceremony.
The Summer School has nbeen successfully up and running for 19 years and its patron is Lady Sylvia Hermon, MP for North Down, Patron of the Summer School for people with disabilities and recently presented certificates to participants at a special graduation ceremony.
The programme was organised by The Cedar Foundation, Well 2 Project and South Eastern Regional College (SERC). Classes including cookery, arts and crafts, photography and light decorative metalwork were delivered across four campuses; Newtownards, Downpatrick, Bangor and Lisburn during July.
Speaking after this year’s graduation at SERC’s Bangor campus, Lady Hermon said: “I was absolutely delighted to take part in The Cedar Foundation’s presentation of Certificates of Achievement event. It was a very joyful occasion where students, family members, guests and tutors shared in the laughter and in the real sense of celebration.
“I felt enormously proud of everyone who received a Certificate, and greatly enjoyed the opportunity to talk to every student who came forward for an individual presentation.
“The obvious enthusiasm of the students for the Summer School courses, and their praise for the dedication of their tutors reflected very positively upon the organisers of the 2014 Summer School.
“Consequently, I’m hopeful that those who have participated in the courses will feel inspired to pursue further educational courses through SERC.”
Ken Webb, Principal and Chief Executive at SERC added: “It was a privilege to host this very special graduation ceremony and I would like to congratulate all of the students.
“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 somof the students to the College in September as they progress to further education.”
Cedar delivers a range of services in Northern Ireland that enable children and adults with disabilities to be fully included in their communities. Well 2 is a project aimed at 16-25 year olds with physical disabilities, learning disabilities, mental ill health or Autistic Spectrum Disorder.
The project is a partnership between the South Eastern Heath and Social Care Trust, Action Mental Health and Cedar.