Colin shows age is no barrier to learning new skills

Trainer Karen Jensen looks on as Colin MacDonald shows off his award
Trainer Karen Jensen looks on as Colin MacDonald shows off his award
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DEDICATED Colin MacDonald who showed age is no barrier to learning new skills and experiences has been presented with an award.

Colin, qualified as a youth worker at the age of 76 after volunteering with a church youth group and has already put his new found skills to good use.

He decided to study for a youth work qualification while working as a volunteer at St Cuthbert’s Church youth group in Hartlepool.

Colin qualified as a youth worker with training provider Youthforce and inspired other members of the youth group to follow his example.

His dedication and commitment has been recognised with a regional senior learner award as part of Adult Learners’ Week.

Colin said: “Someone of my age completing this course, it gives the younger ones little excuse for not finishing and gaining their qualification in youth work too.”

Karen Jensen, Youthforce trainer, who nominated him, said: “He is enthusiastic and has more energy than the paid staff sometimes, he always makes time to listen to young people, and his work spans generations senselessly.”

He collected his certificate at a ceremony in Newcastle and says he is now more confident in issues such as health and safety and applying for funding.

He used his new found skills to achieve funding for the youth group to take a course in drumming so they could take part in Stockton International Riverside Festival.