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Fortrose Academy girl awarded prestigious platinum leadership hoodie for 750 hours volunteering


By Iona M.J. MacDonald

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Orlagh McIver with her new platinum leadership hoodie and Nicola Killean, the children and young people's commissioner for Scotland. Picture: High Life Highland.
Orlagh McIver with her new platinum leadership hoodie and Nicola Killean, the children and young people's commissioner for Scotland. Picture: High Life Highland.

A Fortrose Academy girl is one of the first four people to be awarded a platinum leadership hoodie for her work in the local community.

The High Life Highland Leadership Programme reached new heights, with the awarding of the first ever platinum hoodies. Four young people were presented with the hoodie by Nicola Killean, the children and young people’s commissioner for Scotland, at the Highland Youth Parliament event in Inverness.

To claim the platinum accolade, the young leaders had to achieve 750 hours of volunteer leadership as well as organising a fundraising event for the charity of their choice.

Orlagh McIver, from Fortrose Academy, was one of the first few to snap up the achievement. She organised a health walk and talk and sold lucky squares to raise £400 for Mikeysline and the James Support Group.

Her 750 hours of leadership were achieved with the support of Black Isle Youth Development staff at Fortrose Academy, and included helping at Cromarty Youth Café alongside intergenerational work in her community.

The leadership programme development officer, Elizabeth McDonald said: “A massive congratulations to our platinum hoodie young leaders who have worked so hard and dedicated a great deal of their own time to helping others. This really marks a milestone moment in the leadership programme.

“We pride ourselves on the quality of the young leaders that we produce, and the experience is of tremendous value to the individual involved and the people they help in schools and the wider community.

“We also have a brilliant team of High Life Highland mentors to support our young leaders – and I would like to thank all of them as we could not deliver this excellent programme without their support.”

For more information about the High Life Highland Leadership programme, email Elizabeth.McDonald@highlifehighland.com.


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