Volunteer Recognition For Duke Of Edinburgh’s Super Susan – Lockerbie

Mrs Susan Jones was presented with the Anthony Murray-Flutter Award from the Dumfries and Galloway Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Association for her services to Lockerbie Academy’s Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) Group.

Mrs Jones has been involved with the group for over five years now and what started as giving the group a ‘wee hand’ has grown into leading and running the group. With over 80 participants currently on the books, Mrs Jones delivers expedition training as well as keeping participants on track, enthusing and motivating them through their Skill, Physical and own Volunteering sections.

Susan said;

“It’s just amazing to receive an award for something that is so much fun to do. I’ve loved the opportunities I’ve had through the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, all the great people I’ve met and the special relationships I’ve formed with young people.”

From Easter until October she is often found roaming the hills and sleeping under canvas so that she can train the participants ready for their expeditions.  If she isn’t out with the participants, she is a keen walker herself and is regularly trying out new routes and locations to include in her next DofE training walks and camps.

Depute Rector for Lockerbie Academy Ms Catherine McNay said;

“Mrs Jones is an extraordinary lady who gives up so much time to pass on her own passion and knowledge of the outdoors.  Unfortunately she is going to be retiring from the Academy at the summer, and the group are going to be lost without her.”

Councillor Tom McAughtrie, Chair of the Council’s Community and Customer Services Committee said;

“It’s really encouraging to see volunteers recognised for their efforts. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is a great opportunity for young people to develop their life skills and skills for work, and this would not be possible without the hard work and dedication of the volunteers.”

In this, the 60th Anniversary year of the DofE, more young people than ever wish to start their DofE journey. If you are able or willing to assist in any way with the training of participants or as an adult helper in any shape or form then there are DofE Centres all over the region that would be grateful of your help. Please contact the region’s DofE Support worker, Gary Kirkpatrick, at [email protected] or call the Council 030 33 33 3000.


Photo attached:

Some of the current Bronze and Gold participants from Lockerbie Academy presenting Mrs Jones with her award.

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