THE continued success of a social enterprise run by pupils in Alloa has been recognised with an award last week.

Lornshill Academy's Citizenship Café has received a Champion Award at the 13th Social Enterprise Awards with a virtual classroom ceremony held last Friday, June 19.

It recognises the efforts of young people who have successfully raised hundreds of pounds through the initiative to support local good causes.

They have also helped other schools with the creation of their own community cafés – all while building their own skills for life beyond education.

The academy's Citizenship Café was launched at the end of 2017 to help young people engage in enterprising activities and to allow them to experience the world of work.

It is also an innovative way to have the pupils engage with the wider community on a more regular basis.

The initiative was also recognised at last year's awards ceremony, which means pupils and staff are celebrating the second accolade in a row.

When the virtual ceremony went ahead last Friday, deputy first minister John Swinney sent a video message of congratulations.

He said: "Across Scotland, it is inspiring to see the innovative social enterprise activity being developed in schools and by pupils.

"Through responding to the Covid-19 pandemic in such a proactive and supportive way for their communities, these young people have been bringing the curriculum for excellence to life in the most creative manner while developing essential skills for the future including resilience, adaptability and curiosity."