Certificate in Awareness of Mental Health Problems
Certificate in Counselling Skills
Certificate in Introducing Caring for Children and Young People
If you or any colleagues are interested in enrolling for any of the available Courses, we have now launched our own VASA Microsite, where you can find information on all Qualifications, view online demos and access the Online Application Form; https://vasa.theskillsnetwork.com/
Biosphere Certification Mark
Earlier in June we were joined by the Scottish Government’s Cabinet Secretary for Culture and Tourism, Fiona Hyslop and Dr Beth Taylor, Chair of the UK National Commision for UNESCO who officially launched the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere certification award which will be awarded to businesses that can demonstrate high standards in delivering environmental and sustainable development benefits. The launch of the certification mark was a first for any UK UNESCO designation and an opportunity to highlight the global value of the UNESCO designations and the potential of the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere to support sustainability, economic development and tourism in South West Scotland.
Over recent months a successful pilot scheme has taken place with 3 local businesses from the Accommodation, Food and Drink, and Outdoor Activity Sectors. Balkissock Lodge Bed and Breakfast, Adventure Centre for Education and Salad Brew which is a hydroponic salad and vegetable grower. Businesses using the certification mark hope to attract a premium value or more discerning customers.
The new scheme is free and more details on how to apply can be found by clicking here
PLACE in the Biosphere
A new 2 year project developed by Southern Uplands Partnership and the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, D&G Council and South Ayrshire Council.
Two project officers – Lynsay Forsyth and Jono Hudson – have just been appointed to work with communities in three contrasting landscape areas: the Borgue Peninsula; the Wigtownshire Moors; and the Stinchar Valley; to engage them more with their local natural and cultural heritage.