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. The 2016 Social Impact Award was sponsored by WEA.

Social Impact - National Winner

Steve Whitmore

Steve found himself homeless after leaving the Armed Forces. Supported back into learning by the YMCA, he became a qualified fitness instructor and has since accumulated over 4,000 hours of volunteering with them.

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Social Impact - Highly Commended

David Cockburn

When David signed up for a gardening course, little did he know those initial 12 weeks would turn into years of learning, volunteering and peer mentoring.

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Social Impact - Highly Commended

Ursula Stone

Following redundancy, Ursula signed up for a class at Capel Manor College, beginning a floristry journey that would transform her into an empowered, enthusiastic and talented florist, teacher and social entrepreneur.

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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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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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