Irene’s over-50s Discovery Award

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Members of Montrose Discovery Award Group are celebrating one of their members achieving her Silver Award.

Irene Birse recently reached the Silver milestone in her challenge to complete the Discovery Award scheme.

The Discovery Association promotes an international scheme along similar lines to the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

It challenges anyone over 50, regardless of ability, health, origin or physical condition, to discover new strength, hidden talents or interests and gain satisfaction through volunteering and providing services that will benefit others.

The programme comprises Bronze, Silver and Gold levels with each level having four segments.

These are: recreational pursuit, service in the community, hobby or interest and a journey of discovery.

Irene, in working for her Silver Award for the last two years, had to swim better, investigate the customs and history of Cyprus and produce an ‘About us in Montrose’ leaflet in co­operation with Angus Council’s Community Education section.

For the hobby element she researched her family tree.

Irene told the Review: “I was looking forward to finding some famous upstanding relatives or infamous rogues and vagabonds but I was disappointed when I failed to find any.

“I’m afraid I am just normal!

“Grateful thanks to all involved.”

Anyone interested in learning more about the Discovery Award Scheme can obtain further information by contacting the Community Education Office at 51 John Street, telephone 01674 673081.