Cree project up for top award

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An innovative Galloway music and short film recording project has reached the final of the Scottish Social Services Council’s “Care Accolades”.

Cree Studio is a partnership between Dumfries and Galloway Council’s adult learning disability day service in Newton Stewart and Turning Point Scotland.

The project provides personalised learning and development opportunities in music and short film production for people with learning disabilities and/or autism spectrum conditions.

Originally intended to provide guitar tuition to service users, it now also works with schools, community organisations and the wider community to deliver a range of personalised projects for participants.

The outcomes for people include skill development and enhanced self-confidence and communication skills.

The finalists have to make a short presentation to the judges in Dundee on April 25 before the big day when the awards are handed out at Perth Concert Hall on May 31.

SSSC’s film company Scope Productions will also be filming the finalists.

The project has already landed a couple of awards when it won Best Involvement of Users and Carers category within Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Recognising Excellence, Social Work Services Awards 2012.

Then they received an accolade from the Association of Social Care Communicators 2012 Award for Best Social Media for their film “The Talents Within”.

Operations manager Dave Bleasdale said: “We are absolutely delighted to reach the final and it’s great recognition for the staff involved who are the driving force behind such a creative and innovative scheme, that brings a lot of pleasure to those that use the project.

“I know everyone at Turning Point Scotland and Dumfries and Galloway Council will be keeping their fingers crossed for Perth. But, regardless, just to reach the final is worth celebrating and I hope everyone enjoys the ceremony.

“After the two previous awards we didn’t want to get too carried away but to reach the final of the Care Accolades 2013 shows we have a project to be proud of.”

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