Charity celebrates 40th anniversary

Members of Ellon Resource Centre with the Lead Scotland birthday cake
Members of Ellon Resource Centre with the Lead Scotland birthday cake

A local charity that supports disabled people and carers to access education celebrated its 40th anniversary in Ellon last week.

Lead Scotland held a birthday party in the Victoria Hall with performances, awards, presentations, gift bags, lunch and plenty of cake.

On the day there was plenty to celebrate with a presentation of the Scottish Investing in Volunteers Award to the charity by Lead Scotland’s Dr Ethel Gray Volunteer of the Year, Vivienne Wallace.

Two Tesco Community Champions, Amy and Neil, came along to award Lead Scotland with a cheque for £4,000.

The money was received as a grant for coming first in the Bags of Help blue token scheme that ran in the local store during February, March and April.

To top off the celebrations there was a fantastic performance by the Ellon Resource Drama Group.

Commenting Lead Scotland’s Engagement and Development Officer, Gail Phillips, said: “What an amazing party.

“I really need to give credit to everyone at the Ellon Resource Centre whose performance was the highlight of the day, and a special mention to Neil and Amy from Tesco who came along to present us with a cheque for £4,000.

“We will use this money to purchase accessible technology for our learners.

“This money means many more disabled people and carers in the area can take up learning and benefit from the transformative power of education.”

Gail added: “Thank you to everyone who came along to help us celebrate turning 40 and to all the customers and colleagues at Tesco.”

Lead Scotland was set up in 1979 to support disabled students to attend university and college, removing any barriers that prevented people from accessing learning.

Times have changed and schools and colleges are now much more inclusive but still in 2019 there is an employment and skills gap for disabled people in Scotland and a link between disability and low income.

Lead Scotland aims to close this gap with local projects dedicated to enabling disabled people and carers to make positive changes in their lives with education.