PUPILS from three Clacks high schools attended an event to celebrate their training received by Columba 1400.

It's an organisation which supports young people in transforming their lives, making a difference in their community and becoming the change they want to see in the world.

Clackmannanshire Council has had a long-standing partnership with Columba 1400, with this event aiming to celebrate the relationship between the two.

The event, held at the Scottish Parliament, was attended by elected members of parliament and Clacks Council, and also a number of pupils and staff from Alva Academy, Alloa Academy and Lornshill Academy.

This was organised and hosted by Keith Brown, MSP for Clackmannanshire and Dunblane, who delivered an opening speech.

He said: “First of all, I want to welcome everyone to this reception this evening: our young people, staff teachers, elected members, those here from the Scottish Government, from Columba 1400 and any other organisation interested in the work that Columba 1400 and Clackmannanshire Council have been doing in my constituency.

“As MSP for Clackmannanshire and Dunblane, I am committed to improving the lives of everyone in the communities that I serve, and that’s why I am proud to have sponsored this event tonight, celebrating the work of Clackmannanshire Council and Columba 1400.

“I am excited to hear how that values based approach is empowering young people and families in Clackmannanshire, as well as inspiring the staff at Clackmannanshire Council and people across the wider area.

“I’m sure you will agree with me that those values are ones that we should all aspire to, and that Columba 1400, and many of the people in this room this evening, lives up to.”