A unique Sefton drama company staged a special celebration event recently to salute the success of its members on a linked college course.

New Centre Stage held the certificate presentation ceremony to mark the achievements of 14 group members who have successfully completed a two-year St Helens College course, the Certificate in Skills for Further Learning and Employment.

The event was held in the Netherton studio theatre of the group which is run by one of Sefton’s leading adult social care providers, New Directions.

The flexible Open Awards-accredited course has been using drama as the basis of a range of activities designed to help students acquire useful new life and work skills.

Group members have been encouraged to set a number of individual goals to boost their personal awareness, health and wellbeing, self-confidence and self-esteem.

The aim is that over time the course will have a very positive effect in terms of students’ personal development, social skills and employability.

Commenting on the course New Centre Stage Activity Lead, Vicky Bennett, said: “The group members involved have worked very hard on this course over the past two years and really deserve their success,

“They have been particularly enthusiastic about the use of drama as the basis of many of the activities, and I am sure they will find the new skills they have learned extremely useful in the future.”

New Centre Stage has built up an impressive track record of successful productions of hit musicals including The Greatest Showman and the Wizard of Oz.

Other recent appearances have ranged from an evening of dance to a performance at the Anne Frank memorial event at Bootle’s Strand shopping centre.