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.
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.
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.
Phil is a volunteer Digital Champion with Clarion Housing, and runs a regular computer drop-in session at a sheltered housing scheme for the over 55s in Basingstoke. He also provides peer support to other volunteers through the Digital Unite online forum.
Dr Peter Shukie teaches at the University Centre at Blackburn College with a focus on technology enhanced learning and educational practice in a digital age.
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.
“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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.