Learning for Work Award Winner - Sponsored by NOCN

Sarah Allington

2016 Regional Winner

Attending a craft event in a wheelchair, a shy Sarah was a year into her recovery from an industrial accident when she met staff from Adult Education Wolverhampton and was encouraged to join a course on designing unusual and recycled jewellery. Four years later she is a talented jewellery designer, running her own studio as director of Sarah Ellen Designs.

In 2011, Sarah’s accident left her in chronic pain with a brain injury that affected her mobility. Looking for something creative to help with her recovery, Sarah undertook several courses in jewellery design, amazing staff and learners with her enthusiasm. Sarah’s confidence improved and she designed her own brand for selling her jewellery and greetings cards, even designing the packaging.

Sarah says learning is at the heart of her achievements: Without the support of Adult Education Wolverhampton, it’s unlikely I would be where I am, or who I am today.”

The learning journey and the unwavering support from tutors and fellow students helped me on my road to recovery by beginning to restore my confidence in myself and my abilities, while giving me a new set of skills.”

Having regained some of her mobility and seen her designs selling, Sarah is optimistic about the future: “I will continue developing new silver jewellery skills, while pushing my business forward and working hard to continue my physical recovery; I think that sounds achievable after everything I have already done.”