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News round-up / Drew named sail trainee of the year, 4G mast proposed for Reawick, counselling certificates

Aubrey Jamieson (left) presenting Drew Manson with the trophy. Photo: Swan Trust

DREW MANSON from Brae has been named as the Swan sail trainee of the year.

The 23-year-old picked up the Vevoe trophy at the Swan Trust’s end of season gathering in Scalloway on Friday.

Drew was one of ten Swan trainees who took part in race one of the Tall Ships Races 2019, although it was not the first time had had been on the boat.

He said his trip was “excellent from start to finish”.

Swan Trust operations committee chairman Tommy Allan said: “Opportunities for youth are at the heart of the Swan Trust, and it was great to welcome Drew aboard again.

“Drew used his previous experience to both help those onboard for the first time and improve his own skills. We congratulate Drew on his outstanding participation this year, it is our youth who will ensure Swan continues to offer sailing opportunities into the future and to have trainees like Drew is vital to our ongoing success.”

PLANS are afoot to install a 20m communications mast near Reawick to provide 4G to the area.

It comes as part of the Scottish Government’s Infill 4G programme, which aims to bring high speed mobile data to a number of ‘notspot’ areas in the country which lack coverage.

Shetland initially had three planned – Skerries, Foula and Selivoe – but the location of the west side mast has now been changed to the Ward of Reawick.

A planning application has been submitted for the west side mast.

AN AWARDS ceremony was hosted in Lerwick last weekend by Shetland Bereavement Support Service to congratulate students who gained a COSCA certificate in counselling skills.

Twelve local people completed all four modules of the certificate, while three others completed module one.

The certificate is professionally recognised and validated by Scotland’s professional body for counselling and psychotherapy, COSCA.

It is the first time the course has been delivered in Shetland in this manner.

Local delivery by Shetland Bereavement Support Service was made possible thanks to funding from the National Lottery’s Big Lottery Fund, by working closely with Voluntary Action Shetland and CRUSE Bereavement Care Scotland, and with guidance from COSCA.

Course participant Abbey Thompson said: “As well as being given the necessary theory and tools to become an effective listener, we were also given the time and space to explore our new found self-awareness which, in this time-poor state in which a lot of us live, has been a wonderful opportunity.”