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

Linda Strange

2016 Regional Winner

Linda grew up in Wales and left school aged 16 with two CSEs and no confidence. However, in her twenties, she decided to return to college.

Linda attained a certificate in self-defence, this small step built her confidence and inspired her to do more. She achieved the Welsh speaking Canolradd qualification and further vocational qualifications which supported her employability skills.

Linda moved to Wiltshire with her newborn son and kept learning, taking advantage of courses offered at Spurgeon’s Amesbury Children’s Centre. Linda’s engagement with the children’s centre as a parent inspired her to undertake the necessary training to become a peer supporter.

Linda also started attending Wiltshire Council’s Family Learning informal courses and has since progressed to formal qualifications. Linda has achieved Level 2 English and maths and is now part of the Family Learning Focus group, on track to achieve Level 3 NVQ early years practitioner qualification.

She uses her extensive knowledge to support countless mothers and works tirelessly to achieve her goal to qualify as an early years practitioner, managing her studies alongside her work as a volunteer and mother.

Alice at Amesbury Children’s Centre said Linda’s calm and welcoming approach has been a comfort to those attending the children’s centre. Her passion and quiet determination are unmatched, her commitment to developing her skills to support families is an inspiration.”

Linda said, I love learning and being part of the community. Learning has given me confidence to try new things and I enjoy the challenge.”