North Down MP Lady Hermon was guest of honour at a special graduation ceremony on Friday, August 5.
Lady Hermon is patron of a summer school for people with disabilities, run by The Cedar Foundation, Well 2 and South Eastern Regional College (SERC).
Over 40 people with disabilities aged 18-65 took part in this year’s Summer School, which has now been successfully up and running for 16 years.
Classes included, cookery, light decorative metalwork, arts and crafts, and horticulture were delivered across five SERC campuses; Bangor, Newtownards, Lisburn, Downpatrick and Newcastle during July and the first week in August.
Speaking at the graduation at SERC Lisburn campus, Lady Hermon said: “It gives me great pleasure to be here today to present certificates of achievement to everyone who took part in the Summer School.
“The success of the School is demonstrated by the fact that this year it extended its reach beyond North Down, Lisburn and Belfast, welcoming people in South Down through the Well 2 Project.
“The Summer School provides an excellent opportunity for people with disabilities to sample something new whilst also allowing them to experience life at college with the view to them hopefully availing of courses in the future.”
The Cedar Foundation works in partnership with disabled people across Northern Ireland providing quality support, care, accommodation and training services to enable disabled adults and children to participate in all aspects of community life.