Patron's Award Winners
“I am determined to make a difference. I want to continue learning, widen my skills and knowledge about the huge scale of problems faced by social care. I want to improve people’s lives and help other young carers.”
Stephen took early retirement from his long career in social services to become a carer with his mother who had Alzheimer’s disease. He is now a passionate advocate of adult learning, believing it can play an instrumental role in staving off dementia.
Matthew has autism, which has unfortunately held him back in his education and employment. Having reached his early thirties, Matthew decided to take his first step back into learning, pursuing his passion for travel and tourism. Matthew applied for college and has progressed on to further learning and have gained confidence look for a job within
When she saw the University of Suffolk advertising a Degree in Special Educational Needs and Disability Studies Terrie knew that this was her chance to pursue something she felt passionately about.
"I never could have fathomed how overcoming the fear of learning something new would have changed my life… If I can do it, many others can too…"
Education had been a negative experience for Hannah in the past and she had left school when she was 13 as a result of bullying. At age 28, motivated by a desire to better support her children with their school work, she decided it was the right time for her to return to learning.