Winning a Festival of Learning award means we can continue our work

The Festival of Learning 2019 award nominations are now open. Here at Elatt in East London, we are so pleased that we were shortlisted for the awards in 2018, and that our project Equal Voices won the President’s Award for exceptional achievement in adult learning. Equal Voices supports migrant and refugee women to become community…

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Everything is possible when persistent hard work is invested

Moving to England from Syria brought a range of challenges, including a new language. Determined to integrate into my new country I learnt to speak English and found a new career.  I studied English in Syria but the opportunities to use it in daily life were few and far between. Living in England, I hesitated to communicate because I was afraid of making mistakes in my speech. I soon…

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Festival of Learning awards are a great opportunity for you to recognise the achievements of someone you know

In 2017, I was nominated for a Festival of Learning award. I had recently completed a course with the School for Social Entrepreneurs on how to start up a social enterprise. My personal journey to doing this course has been a long one. I had a head injury when I was 19. The outlook for…

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Winning the award was the best thing that had happened to me in a while!

In 2018, I won Festival of Learning’s Learning for Work Award. For many years, I worked in a nursery and stumbled onto some hard times with my home life and the breakdown of my marriage. I decided to take some time off work to get my life back on track and pursue some further training…

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My Festival of Learning award has been a key that has unlocked closed doors

I was made redundant at the end of 2014 and didn’t know what I was going to do next.   I had always liked flowers and with my redundancy money I was able to take time out to study. I chose floristry and nervously enrolled as a new girl at Capel Manor College in Enfield and…

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Tell us about the learners, tutors, projects and employers that have been inspiring you!

One of my favourite moments of 2018 took place on 12 June at the RSA in London, watching Tracey Everitt make her way to the stage to accept her Festival of Learning 2018 Learning for Work award. Tracey left school without any qualifications and had reached a point in her life where she felt she…

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A tough start doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve

I left foster care at the age of 17, it was my decision and I had the full support of my foster parents and social worker. We went through all the formal meetings and paperwork but this was an exciting time for me, a new beginning and a chance to stand on my own two…

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What you can gain from a Have a Go Month taster course

If you haven’t heard, June is ‘Have a Go’ month. The idea is to encourage people to try something new and remain open to the learning process. We’ve been working closely with the Festival of Learning to spread the word and right now, colleges and training providers across England are running taster courses – from…

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We need to keep our minds open to possibilities at every age!

From smart phones that recognise our faces, to small oblong-shaped house robots that can take active instructions from us, to say technology has developed over the last few years is an understatement. Society itself is literally becoming digitalised before our very eyes. Whether you feel completely overwhelmed by this new technology and want to teach…

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Learning really can transform your life!

We believe that everybody should have easy access to high-quality education, no matter their circumstances or reason for learning. For tens of thousands of people across the UK, community and adult learning provides them an opportunity to a better future. The impact is not only on employability but their health and wellbeing, family life and…

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