Social Impact Award

Hayley Levy

2017 Regional Winner

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.

Spending time in hospital with her sick son motivated Hayley to finally do something about her career aspirations. She signed up to an Access to HE Nursing course at City College Plymouth and her life changed.

Hayley took her learning experiences and implemented them in her work as a care home activities coordinator. Having learnt at college that knitting had a positive impact on patients’ wellbeing, Hayley trialled the activity with some care home residents.

In her ‘Knit and Natter’ group, members learn to knit squares for blankets which are donated to local baby care units. Although Some members are unable to wash or feed themselves now under Hayley’s attention are re- engaging with others and responding more positively to their care.

Hayley’s project is so successful that there are plans to roll out similar initiatives in other facilities.

Hayley is now on course to start her nursing degree in September 2017 at Plymouth University.

“Hayley is a wonderful example of the value and impact engaged students can make to the wider community,” said her nominator Nicky

“Going back to full-time education has shown my children that it doesn’t matter what your age is, if you want something and you work hard enough you can achieve anything,” said Hayley.