A Message from Buckingham Palace

A message from Buckingham Palace

As Patron of Learning and Work Institute, I congratulate all the individuals, groups and employers who have been nominated for this year’s Festival of Learning awards. At the heart of our celebrations are the personal experiences and stories that illustrate the diverse ways in which lifelong learning contributes to individuals, communities and society.

These inspiring stories show the breadth of motivations for people to learn: to support children’s development, for health and wellbeing, to contribute to the community and to get that first job or a promotion.

I am delighted that this year’s Patron’s Award recipient is Terrie Cornwell-Dunnett. She is a remarkable young woman who has used learning to not only successfully change her and her family’s lives, but also to improve the lives of people like her with physical disabilities. Her story of determination and passion reflects the ethos of Festival of Learning.

As well as the awards, Festival of Learning aims to encourage adults and families to try out learning, often for the first time in many years. Have a Go Month brings together organisations in highlighting the various opportunities to learn. Lifelong learning is exactly that – lifelong. I am convinced that it is never too late, and never too early, to start your journey of curiosity.

Congratulations to you all.

HRH Princess Royal - Patron of Learning and Work Institute