Social Impact Award Winners

This award celebrates the achievements of learners or tutors who have inspired others around them to embrace learning opportunities and achieve their potential. Sponsored by the WEA in 2016.

Social Impact Award - National Winner

Mark Goodwin

Mark’s determination to include all types of learners in his sports classes led him to establish England’s first mixed ability rugby team, and inspire many more across the country.

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Social Impact Award - Sponsored by the Workers' Educational Association (WEA) - National Winner

Rachel West

“I hope through raising awareness I can enable people to use their enhanced understanding in their personal lives, professional roles or in their local communities to better support and engage with those living with dementia.”

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Social Impact Award - Regional Winner

CJ Burge

Although facing a long-term prison sentence, CJ took the opportunity to learn new skills. She is now studying Law and plans to use her degree to effect real societal change.

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Social Impact Award - Regional Winner

Hayley Levy

Hayley always wanted to be a nurse, but family circumstances put this dream on hold. Hayley is now using her new learning to help her community and is on her way to becoming a qualified nurse.

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Social Impact Award - Regional Winner

Keeley Nash

Keeley is a survivor of domestic violence and sexual abuse. However, she is determined to use her experience and skills to support others with similar stories.

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Social Impact Award - Sponsored by the Workers' Educational Association (WEA) - Regional Winner

Christina Ayinke Omideyi

My family is also deriving a great benefit from this learning as our family diet has improved tremendously and we get a lot of satisfaction from experimenting with my new skills."

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Social Impact Award - Sponsored by the Workers' Educational Association (WEA) - Regional Winner

Tatiana Blom

Joanne, Tatiana’s nominator said “Tatiana has a huge impact on the lives of people in Manchester, and Longsight especially. Every day she helps not only the staff but the learners in every way possible."

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Social Impact Award - Sponsored by the Workers' Educational Association (WEA) - Regional Winner

Linda Strange

“I love learning and being part of the community. Learning has given me confidence to try new things and I enjoy the challenge."

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