YOUNG adults are brimming with confidence after collecting awards on Wearside.
A celebration of achievement was held for four classes of young people, the majority with learning difficulties, who have worked hard to pass skills tests in a range of areas, including numeracy, literacy and independent living.
Philip Foster, head of care and support at Sunderland City Council, went along to present the young adults with their certificates at the Leechmere Training Centre in Grangetown.
The young people have been training at Bishopwearmouth Horticultural Centre in Sunderland and the Washington Community Resource Centre to gain their new qualifications.
Donna Utterson, who works for the Workers’ Educational Association (WEA), and organised the courses, said everyone was very proud of the students.
She said: “We thought it would be great to get all the students together for a celebration of their achievements and to present their certificates in front of family and friends.”
Donna said the functional skills courses teach students about a range of issues, including health and safety, communication skills, how to be assertive and personal awareness.
It also teaches them about their rights and responsibilities as members of the community.
She said: “The courses give the adult learners a huge confidence boost, helping them to be more independent.
“We want these students to be more inclusive in society and to be respected as well. It is about helping people to live as full a life as they possibly can.”
Donna said partnership working is a great way of meeting the individual needs of each of the students.