Articles from April 2017



Record year for cruise business gets underway

Record year for cruise business gets underway

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It’s set to be a record year for the Island’s cruise business with both cruise ship and passenger numbers up by 75% on last year.

 

A total of 28 cruise ships are scheduled to visit the Isle of Man’s shores this year (up from 16 in 2016) with 9,756 passengers aboard (an increase in passengers of 4,188 on last year).

 

The 50,000th cruise visitor to visit the Isle of Man since 2005 will be welcomed ashore in June, in what is already set to be a landmark year for the Island’s cruise business.

 

The cruise season started last Friday (April 21) with the arrival of Hebridean Princess on a ‘Springtime Surprise Cruise’. The season gathers pace this Saturday (April 29) when a Manx piper playing on Douglas quay will herald the arrival of two ships. Luxury cruise ship Le Soléal will berth alongside Victoria Pier while Norwegian operator Hurtigruten’s ship Midnatsol will anchor in Douglas Bay.

 

Rob Callister MHK, Member of the Department of Economic Development with responsibility for Tourism, said:

 

‘The record bookings and the arrival of the 50,000th cruise visitor to our shores since 2005 highlights that the Isle of Man is being increasingly recognised by both cruise lines and visitors for the outstanding natural beauty, unique culture and heritage on offer. This is something that we are keen to capitalise on with the Department’s tourism strategy, set out in the Destination Management Plan, identifying the cruise market as providing one of the best opportunities for growth in the industry.

 

‘Looking to the future, the Department is working with the Department of Infrastructure to review and assess the opportunity for a deep water berth for cruise ships.’

 

Six cruise ships will be making their first calls to the Isle of Man this year, including two operated by luxury cruise operator Tauck.

 

Gail Kelmer, Operations Manager of Tauck Small Ship Cruising, commented:

 

‘We are delighted to be calling in to the Isle of Man for the first time this year. We are berthing in Douglas as part of an eight-day Celtic Coastlines and 12-day Treasures of the British/ Irish Isles cruises.

 

‘We have a reputation for delivering enriching travel experiences that enhance people’s lives and feel confident that the addition of the Isle of Man as a port of call will help us to build on that.’

 

The Isle of Man also continues to develop its relationship with Noble Caledonia. It is the arrival of its ship, Hebridean Sky, on 12th June, which will bring the 50,000th cruise passenger to the Island.

 

The Department has been working closely with businesses on the Isle of Man to improve the services and excursions on offer and working with cruise operators to provide a customised experience.

 

Mr Callister said:

 

‘There has been an increase in the number of Cruise Welcomers appointed for 2017, whose role it is to provide a warm welcome to visitors when they step ashore and at key sites around the Island, and there is also an increased focus on providing foreign language speakers for passengers.

 

‘To ensure passengers make the most of their time ashore, new niche and artisan excursions focusing on Manx food and culture have been developed. At the end of their visit, cruise passengers will be able to buy a special memento of their visit from new kiosks at the Sea Terminal stocked with Manx produce and crafts.’

Giant Loaghtan will welcome festival visitors

Giant Loaghtan will welcome festival visitors

loughtinVisitors to next week’s Celtic Media Festival will be greeted by an iconic Manx emblem – a sculpture of a giant Loaghtan sheep.

 

The structure is being erected on Douglas Head by internationally known artists Darren Jackson and Stephanie Quayle, who have been commissioned to create it by the Isle of Man Arts Council.

 

It’s a replica of the sheep the artists installed at the Bungalow on the TT course to mark Island of Culture 2014. The structure was voted ‘most popular attraction’ in a poll of the public on how successful the year had been.

 

Darren and Stephanie, who run The Farmyard Studio, have permission to erect the sheep in front of Douglas Head apartments from landowner Mike Whipp.

 

They will begin work this week to create the animal, which will have a steel frame, carved wooden legs, face and horns and a body made of greenery secured with steel cables.

 

Geoff Corkish MBE MLC, Chairman of the Arts Council, said: ‘The Arts Council is committed to encouraging and investing in public art.

 

‘The Loaghtan is recognised as Manx. It will be valuable to have such an emblematic sculpture overlooking one of our major gateways. Visitors will see it as they arrive by boat or as they use Douglas’s promenades.

 

‘The sculpture will provide a suitable Manx welcome for visitors to the Celtic Media Festival, which the Island is honoured to host for the first time.

 

‘Although the sculpture is not designed to be permanent, it’s hoped the Manx summer will be kind to it so it provides longer lasting enjoyment to the public.

 

‘It’s also appropriate as Douglas Town Centre Management recently adopted Loki the Loaghtan as its mascot.’

 

Mr Whipp said: ‘It’s appropriate that the sculpture will be viewed by so many visitors to the Island this summer and will hopefully promote Loaghtan lamb, which, together with Manx queenies, attracts the acclaimed European Protected Designation of Origin status.’

 

The Celtic Media Festival runs from 3rd to 5th May at the Villa Marina and other venues. See www.celticmediafestival.co.uk/

Programme for ISLEXPO 2017 is now live

Programme for ISLEXPO 2017 is now live 

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The 2017 line-up for ISLEXPO is now live with a packed programme of thought provoking keynote speakers, expert insights and informative workshops curated with growth in mind.

The free, two-day conference takes place across the Villa Marina on Wednesday 24th and Thursday 25th May. Day one focuses on start-ups, SMEs and businesses in the first stages of growth, while day two looks towards larger organisations looking at the next stages of expansion. Industries, including financial services, technology, e-Business, fintech, media and tourism will feature across the two-day programme.

Laurence Skelly MHK, Minister for the Department of Economic Development, commented:

‘The programme for 2017 is looking very strong, with some new faces and the return of a few favourites from last year. ISLEXPO was created to showcase insights and advice from global experts, provide training and dynamic discussion and bring together the business community in a celebration of the Island’s innovation and talent. This year’s event has evolved from 2016, with a reinvigorated local focus, more live pitching and greater opportunities to network with the Island’s brilliant business minds.’

Day one will include an opening keynote, dynamic panel discussions, ‘Pitch it!’, digital marketing sessions, Google Digital Garage, social media and brand workshops. The evening will see informal talks, live music and local food and drink in the Villa Marina gardens.

Day two will open with a networking breakfast event hosted in conjunction with Isle of Man Business Network, followed by lead keynotes on the Main Stage:

–               Emma Sinclair MBE – Co-founder of innovative business Software Company, EnterpriseJungle and UNICEF business mentor.

–               Jim Mellon – Master Investor and Author.       

–               Dan Cobley – Former Head of Google UK and Ireland and high-profile digital entrepreneur.

Day two’s programme closes at 4pm when preparation will be underway for the closing Gala Dinner.

Returning to sponsor the event again this year, Keystone Law’s IOM Managing Director, Geoff Kermeen, said:

‘It’s a really exciting time for the Isle of Man. We have real strengths, particularly in areas such as fintech, technology and digital commerce generally, and it has never been more important for the island to not only demonstrate those resources but also build upon them while protecting its future as a thriving business hub. Keystone Law IOM is a tech-driven and highly entrepreneurial firm, so there is a real synergy between us and what ISLEXPO represents. We are delighted to be supporting the event once again.’

Registration for the free 2-day conference is available now at www.islexpo.com The full programme and workshop registration is also online now.

Manx Youth Games pave the way for healthy lifestyles

Manx Youth Games pave the way for healthy lifestyles

Introducing children to physical activity paves the way for them to lead a healthy lifestyle.

 

That is the message from Graham Cregeen MHK, Minister for Education and Children, on the eve of the Island’s biggest sporting event for children, the Manx Youth Games.

 

Run by Manx Sport and Recreation (MSR), the Games take place on Saturday 6th May and will see primary and secondary school pupils aged six to 15 take part in 13 sports, representing five regions of the Island.

 

Minister Cregeen said: ‘In the Programme for Government, we pledge to support initiatives that lead to people living healthier lives.

 

‘These include encouraging the number of people involved in physical activity.

 

‘This complements our Strategy for Sport, which strives to get children involved in sport from an early age.

 

‘The hope is that they then remain involved by joining a community club.’

 

The Minister continued: ‘This year, 1,200 children will take part in the Games and hundreds have attended training sessions, run by volunteer coaches, in the lead up to the day.

 

‘Young people who were introduced to sports via the Games have gone on to national and international success,’ said the Minister.

 

‘Importantly, many more have stayed involved with sport for pleasure, with the resulting benefits to their physical and mental health.’

 

The Games have been supported by HSBC since their inception in 2002 and the bank is backing the event again this year.

 

David Hill, Country Head of Corporate and Commercial Banking, HSBC Isle of Man, commented: ‘We are immensely proud to continue our support for the Manx Youth Games and encourage young people to take part, get fit and have fun.’

 

The Games’ opening ceremony at 10am will see participants parade into the National Sports Centre (NSC) wearing their regions’ colours and perform an aerobic warm-up.

 

The Minister will formally declare the Games open before children head off to parts of the NSC and other venues to enjoy their sports.

 

The Games’ new mascot, Odin the Raven, designed by St Mary’s RC Primary pupil Grace Cooper in a competition for schools, will make its second appearance.

 

For more information on the event, visit www.gov.im and search for Manx Youth Games.

OFT Advice Services Now Available at Ramsey Town Hall

OFT Advice Services Now Available at Ramsey Town Hall

The OFT is now able to offer a service at Ramsey Town Hall.  Whilst its office is now based at Thie Slieau Whallian, St Johns, appointments for its Consumer Advice and Debt Counselling services are now available in Ramsey as well as St Johns and Douglas.

 

Appointments, which should be booked in advance, can be arranged for Thie Slieau Whallian, St Johns, or Murray House, Mount Havelock, Douglas, or Ramsey Town Hall, Ramsey.  Contact details remain unchanged – Consumer Advice 686500, email iomfairtrading@gov.im and Debt Counselling 686510, email debt@gov.im 

 

Consumer Advice can be offered on a wide range of subjects, from knowing your rights in buying goods, to dealing with your landlord.

 

Our Debt Counselling Service helps consumers in dealing with a range of financial issues.  Examples include helping manage rent and utility arrears to avoid eviction or disconnection.  We have also helped individuals negotiate with their credit cards, personal loans and catalogue debts to make lower payments, enabling them to regain control of their household expenses and priorities.  Many of our clients have struggled with their finances for a number of years.  Working through our debt management programme can help find a way forward in dealing with the debts, so people can carry on with normal life.  

 

Through simply talking to our free and confidential service, we help a wide range of people.  We also have useful links with other organisations such as the Isle of Man Food Bank, Salvation Army, Royal British Legion, and SSAFA Armed Forces Charity.

Retiring youth head reflects on lifetime working with young people

Retiring youth head reflects on lifetime working with young people

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As Ken Callister retires from education, he looks back with pride on the generations of young people whose lives he has influenced and how the Isle of Man has helped them to flourish.

 

Ken has been a youth officer for the Department of Education and Children since 1995 and has headed the Youth Service since 2010.

 

Ken trained as a teacher but moved into youth work because it offers young people a different way of learning and helps them develop all-important life skills.

 

He gained his bachelor of education degree in rural science at the University of Bath, but admits his passions as an undergraduate were student politics and running the student union – demonstrating a desire for fairness that epitomised his career.

 

He said: ‘I opted for rural sciences because I wanted a practical subject and one where I’d work with less academic pupils.

 

‘I believed then, as I do now, that young people should be judged on their effort and positive contribution and not just on their exam grades. This ethos is embedded in the DEC, where we have a holistic approach to education.’

 

He chose youth work after teaching in a challenging secondary school close to the St Paul’s district of Bristol, where riots in 1980 had left their mark.

 

‘In school there was a highly charged atmosphere, fuelled by racial tension, but in the youth club things were different; much calmer and young people got on together. The culture and values that the youth workers brought made that difference.

 

‘I could see young people learning more at youth club than at school. That was the moment I made the decision to go into youth work.

‘It was against the advice of my school mentor, who said the holidays were rubbish and there was no career path.’

 

Ken’s first full-time youth post was in Bournemouth, the location affording him the opportunity to improve his windsurfing and sailing skills.

 

During 15 years with Dorset County Council, he also ran a project for the young homeless and was county arts development officer.

 

Since joining the Island’s Youth Service, Ken has developed its ethos ‘places to go, things to do and people to talk to’ – reflecting the fact young people are not just filling a few hours but gaining guidance at an important stage of their lives.

 

The service operates play clubs for primary-aged children and youth clubs for those in the early years of secondary school.

 

It runs projects as varied as Soundcheck for up and coming musicians, Café Laare in Lord Street and the detached youth work team, which assists young people on the streets in the evenings.

 

Ken also heads the Youth Arts Centre in Douglas and Ardwhallan Outdoor Education Centre in Baldwin. The Youth Service is also the Island operator of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, which 800 local young people work towards at any one time.

 

Ken praised his staff, saying: ‘It’s about having the right values and a sense of adventure. I have had the privilege of working with a group of people who have felt passionately about making the Isle of Man the best place for young people to grow up. It made my job easy.’

 

The Youth Service relies heavily on volunteers and Ken said: ‘We are fortunate that there are so many adults in our community who are prepared to invest time in our young people.’

 

Ken continued: ‘What youth work showed me was that if you can find the right activity and strike up a positive relationship with a young person, you can get them to engage with learning.

 

‘On the surface it might just look like they are having fun – and it needs to be fun or young people will walk away – but this engagement gives you a fantastic opportunity to introduce a challenge, get them to work harder at a skill or take a risk that will reap rewards.’

 

Reflecting on the harder parts of his role, Ken said: ‘Keeping people focused on and recognising the positive difference they are making has been the biggest challenge – that and convincing the movers and shakers that youth work is more than just ping pong and pool.’

 

Asked about his proudest achievements, Ken was typically modest. ‘I am most proud of what I have helped others to achieve.

 

‘I’ve establish projects that have encouraged both young people and staff to develop. I’ve never been driven to be an expert, get to the top or seek out the limelight but I’m happy to support and encourage those that are on that journey.’

 

Ken isn’t planning a quiet retirement, although he has built a new garden shed and, as the weather fairs up, his boat beckons.

 

He remains a trustee of five charities, some of them improving the lives of young people.

 

Ronald Barr, Chief Executive Officer of the DEC, said: ‘Ken has made an outstanding contribution leading the Youth Service and has been instrumental in improving lives of young people across the Island, despite recent financial challenges.

 

‘He has been a much valued and respected colleague, both in education and across Government, and will be much missed by us all. We wish him a very happy retirement and hope he finally gets more time with his family and time to spend on his boat.’

 

Launch of supply teacher online booking system

Launch of supply teacher online booking system

The Department of Education and Children is launching a new online booking system for supply teachers.

 

Live from the start of the summer term today (Monday), the new system will allow all Department of Education and Children schools to search for available supply teachers via a website.

 

It forms another step in the Government’s ongoing Digital Strategy.

 

Teachers will register on the site, which will display their availability and school preference. Schools can then search for the teachers they need and will see only those teachers available at the required times, in the necessary subjects and with the appropriate qualifications and experience.

 

When contacted by a school, the supply teacher can accept or reject the offer of work. They can also set up their profile in such a way that only those schools in which they wish to work are able to contact them through the site.

 

This will not only save substantial amounts of paperwork but will also deliver a measurable reduction in the amount of time schools spend searching for available supply teachers.

 

Timesheets will be submitted through the new service – rather than by posting paper versions – and once authorised payment will be made automatically through Government payroll.

 

New applicants can apply to be a supply teacher on www.jobtrain.co.uk/iomgovjobs/ . Once they have been successful at interview they can register on the system, although they will not be made ‘live’ until Government’s Office of Human Resources has approved their registration. This will mean all the necessary checks will need to be made before registration is complete.

 

Full training will be given to all the teaching and administration staff who will use the site. There will also be a number of drop-in sessions for supply teachers, letting them see the system and try it out at first hand.

 

Commenting on the development, Graham Cregeen MHK, Minister for Education and Children, said: ‘This is a really positive step forward for both schools and supply teachers. Too much time at present is spent making phone calls and sending emails to check availability, or processing paper timesheets and payments. This new system will put an end to that, putting schools and supply teachers in touch with each other at the press of a button. It’s another clear indication of our commitment to new and effective online ways of working – and to cost-effective, joined up government.’

 

Richard Wild, Executive Director, Government Technical Services, is also pleased with the new service and its positive reception from schools and teachers.

 

‘It’s great to see another part of the Digital Strategy coming to life,’ he said. ‘Working with colleagues at the Department for Education and Children, and at the Office of Human Resources, I’m sure that we have developed something which is going to make a real difference in the working lives of all our supply teachers and the schools they serve.’

Scallop advisory board will help ensure sustainability

Scallop advisory board will help ensure sustainability

scallop press rfeleaseA board is being established to advise the Isle of Man Government over sustainable management of its king and queen scallop fisheries.

 

The species are worth millions of pounds to the Island’s economy and support many local jobs.

 

The Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture (DEFA) regulates both king and queen scallop fisheries to ensure their sustainability, working closely with neighbouring fisheries authorities.

 

Until now, it has only been able to draw on the advice of a Queen Scallop Management Board, made up of scientists and representatives of the catching and processing sectors from the Isle of Man, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

 

That board assisted in setting the permitted annual queenie catch. It helped DEFA plan for the recovery of the queenie fishery following a sharp decline in stocks in 2014.

 

No similar board of experts existed to advise over king scallops.

 

Concerns were raised over the risk of over-exploitation of king scallops in Manx waters last November when the season for fishing them opened.

 

This has prompted Geoffrey Boot MHK, Minister for Environment, Food and Agriculture, to establish the joint Scallop Management Board to help safeguard both fisheries.

 

Dr Walter Crozier, a former scientific adviser to the Northern Ireland Devolved Administration, has been appointed to chair the new board.

 

Dr Crozier has experience in both freshwater and marine fish and shellfish species. Until recently he headed the Fisheries and Aquatic Ecosystems branch of the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute in Northern Ireland. He has chaired the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea North Atlantic Salmon Working Group and is a member of the Seafish Scientific Advisory Group.

 

The appointment of other board members is being finalised by DEFA and it will meet for the first time in May to consider the Isle of Man queen scallop stock assessment that is prepared annually by Bangor University.

 

The Minister said: ‘Queen and king scallops are hugely valuable to the Island’s economy and the Island is taking great strides to ensure their sustainability, via its Future Fisheries strategy.

 

‘There are similarities between the species’ habitats and life cycles, so management of one species might influence the success of the other.

 

‘We aim to manage both species more effectively with advice from this single board.’

 

Unique chance for novice and nervous cyclists to take to closed roads

Unique chance for novice and nervous cyclists to take to closed roads

Novice and nervous cyclists and those with disabilities or regaining fitness are being offered the unique chance to cycle on closed roads as part of a major event.

 

Bike 4 Life, the initiative run by Manx Sport and Recreation (MSR) to encourage people to take up cycling, has teamed up with Isle of Man Cyclefest for a special, one-off event.

 

On Friday 12th May, as part of Cyclefest Community Day, non-competitive cyclists can ride a 0.3 mile course around Ramsey town centre.

 

Ari Brooks, Sports Development Officer with MSR, said: ‘This is a unique opportunity for ordinary cyclists to ride through our streets without being alongside traffic and to participate in a major sporting event.

 

‘The session is designed for novice and nervous cyclists, those recovering from illness, those with special educational needs or disabilities or individuals simply trying to get fitter.

 

‘Participants can use their own bikes if they wish to but Bike 4 Life will provide a number of specially adapted cycles, including tandems, trikes, special needs bikes, hand cycles, bikes adapted for wheelchair users, quad bikes and mountain bikes for anyone who wants to have a go.’

 

The event runs from 12-4pm and those taking part can complete as many laps as they wish to.

 

To take part, visit www.gov.im/bike4life, download an application form and return it or simply turn up on the day to Ramsey Courthouse and look for the Bike 4 Life signing-on point.

 

Bike 4 Life sessions take place every Tuesday from 1pm to 6pm at the National Sports Centre raceway until 29th August. It costs £2 per session to take part plus £2 to hire a bike, if required.

 

There are no sessions during TT fortnight.

 

For more information about Bike 4 Life, contact Ari Brooks on 688575 or email Ari.Brooks@gov.im

 

Isle of Man Cyclefest is presented by the Isle of Man Bank.

Award instils skills invaluable for work and university

Award instils skills invaluable for work and university

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The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award helps young people to acquire skills that are invaluable for university and the workplace.

 

That is the comment from Alison Gawne, Awards’ Coordinator in the Island, after young people received their gold award badges from His Excellency the Lieutenant Governor, Sir Richard Gozney.

 

More than 800 young people from the Island participate in the award at any one time.

 

Alison said: ‘The award was founded in the UK seven decades ago and we marked its diamond jubilee in the Island last year.

 

‘It continues to be as relevant today as it was when it was established by the Duke of Edinburgh.

 

‘Participants aged 14 to 24 work towards the bronze, silver and gold award in their spare time, tackling physical challenges, volunteering, learning skills, undertaking an expedition and – at gold level – taking part in a five-day residential session, assisting a charity or good cause.

 

‘They practice teamwork, develop thinking skills, learn how to overcome challenges, push themselves to achieve goals and grow in confidence all the time. This greatly prepares them for life at university or work.

 

‘Through the Programme for Government, we are seeking to encourage businesses to establish and thrive locally and it’s important we have young people with the attributes needed to provide their workforce.

 

‘Going off-Island to university presents challenges and, again, the award readies young people for this.’

 

Twenty young people recently gained their gold award and many attended Government House on Friday to receive their badges from His Excellency.

 

His Excellency said: ‘I congratulate these young people for investing seriously in their own development. Their efforts should stand them in good stead as they pursue their ambitions later on.’

 

The Island’s Youth Service, part of the Department of Education and Children, delivers the award through secondary schools and independent groups.

 

For information about the award, visit www.dofe.org/ or, locally, www.gov.im/categories/education-training-and-careers/duke-of-edinburghs-award/

 

 

Gold recipient/activities they completed for their award:

 

Rebecca Bateson Lewis –

Independent

Volunteering – Helping elderly people by walking their dog

                             Skills – Care of animals looking after bearded dragons

                             Physical – Canoeing

Expedition – Canoeing and walking in Scotland

Residential – BCU Canoe Course at Ardwhallan Outdoor Centre

 

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Tom Bentham –

Ramsey Grammar School

Volunteering – Sports Leadership coaching football

                                Skills – Learning to drive

                                Physical – Football

Expedition – Walking in Snowdonia

Residential – Assistant Instructor at the Venture Centre

 

……………………………………………………………………………………………

 

Laura Beth Collister –

Ramsey Grammar School

Volunteering – Helping elderly people through the Northern

Live at Home Scheme

                             Skills – Photography

                             Physical – Walking

Expedition – Walking in Snowdonia

Residential – Assistant Instructor at the Venture Centre

 

……………………………………………………………………………………………

 

Jamie Cowin –

Independent

Volunteering – Assistant Instructor at Ardwhallan Outdoor

Education Centre

                              Skills – Playing guitar

                             Physical – Canoeing

Expedition – Canoeing and walking in Scotland

Residential – BCU Canoe Course at Ardwhallan Outdoor Centre

……………………………………………………………………………………………

 

Isabel Dorman –

Southern Explorer Scouts

Volunteering – Helping at a Beaver Scout Unit

 Skills – Event Planning for a local Scout Group and completing her Young Leader Training

 Physical – Yoga

Expedition – Walking in Yorkshire

Residential – Vetcam Vetinary Residential in Cambridge

 

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Breesha Foxton –

The Foundry

Volunteering – Sports Leadership coaching hockey

                                Skills – Playing the cornet

                                Physical – Hockey

Expedition – Walking in the Mountains of Mourne

Residential – Volunteer Helper at the Firestarter Festival at Ardwhallan

 

……………………………………………………………………………………………

 

Olivia Hewins –

The Foundry

Volunteering – Youth Leader at Broadway Baptist Church

Youth Group

                              Skills – Learning to drive

                             Physical – Running

Expedition – Walking in the Mountains of Mourne

Residential – Volunteer Helper at Christian Residential Week at Capernwray Hall, Carnforth

 

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Emma Keeley –

Ballakermeen High School

Volunteering – Volunteering as a Receptionist at Hospice

IOM

                              Skills – Junior Achievement

                             Physical – Tap dancing and ballet

Expedition – Walking in the Mountains of Mourne

Residential – Chalet Cookery Course, French Alpes

 

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Leon Landels –

Adventurous Experiences

Volunteering – Sports Leadership coaching secondary sports

                                Skills – Learning to drive

                               Physical – Rugby

Expedition – Kayaking in Vancouver Island

Residential – Ski Training Course in Scotland

 

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Jared More –

The Foundry

Volunteering – Youth Leader at the Alien’s Childrens Club,

Broadway Baptist Church

                                    Skills – Singing

                                    Physical – Gym work

Expedition – Walking in the Mountains of Mourne

Residential – Wilderness Expertise Expedition and Community Service Trip to Nicaragua

 

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Emily Murphy –

The Foundry

Volunteering – Teaching Assistant at Scoill yn Jubilee

                                Skills – Learning to become a teacher through a work experience placement

                                Physical – Pilates

Expedition – Walking in the Mountains of Mourne

Residential – Outdoor Activity Week at Ardwhallan Outdoor Education Centre

 

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Michael Pardoe –

Independent

Volunteering – Sports Leadership coaching basketball

                                Skills – Learning to drive

                                Physical – Football

Expedition – Canoeing and walking in Scotland

Residential – BCU Canoe Course at Ardwhallan Outdoor Centre

 

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Ellen Quane –

Ramsey Grammar School

Volunteering – Fundraising for Ramsey Town Band

                                Skills – Playing tenor horn

                                Physical – Roller blading

Expedition – Walking in Snowdonia

Residential – National Youth Band of GB residential course

 

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Isaac Sanderson –

QEII High School

Volunteering – Sports Leadership coaching hockey

                                Skills – Learning to drive

                             Physical – Hockey

Expedition – Walking in the Lake District

Residential – Junior Achievement Competition, Berlin

 

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Matthew Simpson –

Ramsey Grammar School

Volunteering – Helping the elderly by volunteering at Grove

Mount Residential Home

                              Skills – Performing Arts

                             Physical – Running

Expedition – Walking in Snowdonia

Residential – GAP Medics volunteer helping in Hospitals and Orphanages in Tanzania

 

……………………………………………………………………………………………

 

Tom Strand –

Independent

Volunteering – Assistant Instructor at Ardwhallan Outdoor

Education Centre

                              Skills – Playing the drums

                             Physical – Canoeing

Expedition – Canoeing and walking in Scotland

Residential – BCU Canoe Course at Ardwhallan Outdoor Centre

 

……………………………………………………………………………………………

 

Lavinia Washington –

Independent

Volunteering – Lifeguard at Douglas Lifeboat Station

                              Skills – Snail Farming

                             Physical – Football

Expedition – Canoeing and walking in Scotland

Residential – RNLI Crew Residential Course

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Thomas Watterson –

The Foundry

Volunteering – Youth Leader at Broadway Baptist Church

Youth Group

                              Skills – Learning to drive

                             Physical – Gym work

Expedition – Walking in the Lake District

Residential – Volunteer Helper at Christian Residential Week at Capernwray Hall, Carnforth

 

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Jack Woods –

The Foundry

Volunteering – Sports Leadership coaching hockey

                                Skills – Playing piano

                               Physical – Hockey

Expedition – Walking in the Mountains of Mourne

Residential – Outdoor Activity Week at Ardwhallan Outdoor Education Centre

 

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Victoria Wright –

The Foundry

Volunteering – Helping with school music groups

                                Skills – Playing the flute

                                Physical – Gym work

Expedition – Walking in the Mountains of Mourne

Residential – Oxford Flutes Summer School

 

Silver and bronze awards are presented each September.