#BeInspired awards evening celebrates success of
Adult Learning and Skills 2018


Achievements of some of Cambridgeshire’s most inspirational learners, volunteers and local learning partners were celebrated at a special awards ceremony last week.
Cambridgeshire County Council hosted the #BeInspired Adult Learning and Skills Awards 2018 to celebrate the achievements of our learners and partners over the last year.
County Councillor Steve Criswell, Chairman of the Communities and Partnership Committee was among the guests at the awards at Ely College, presented by Lynsi Hayward-Smith, Head of Adult Learning and Skills at the county council.  

Also in attendance was Councillor Liz Every who presented the Inspirational Learner award.

Overall winner of the Inspirational Learner category, an award to recognise a learner who has come a long way because of a course or service provided by the Adult Learning and Skills team, was Linda Nightingale.
Linda was referred to the Cambridge Community South project in March 2017 as she was having difficulties reading and writing. Living alone since her husband passed away ten years ago, Linda had been managing letters and text messages as best she could but often felt confused and stressed by these difficulties.
Starting with small literacy tasks Linda progressed to achieve a short course in making a Story Sack for her grandchildren. This enabled her to share her reading and writing tasks with her granddaughter, aged 9.
Recently Linda has gone on to complete the City & Guilds English Reading and Writing practise assessments.
Linda said: “I’m so grateful to Lucy and the team for their help and support. I used to avoid libraries as I found them really confusing and stressful but attend weekly now.
It was a huge shock winning this award but I’m really proud of what I have achieved.”
Lucy Frain, Family Learning Tutor who nominated Linda for the Inspirational Leaner award said: “All who are involved in helping Linda have agreed that her whole demeanour has changed since her first visit to the Adult Learning Centre over a year ago. She now appears happy in her surroundings, cheerful, very keen to learn and comfortable completing any tasks asked of her unaided and without question.
“Her story is a journey of personal, social and emotional stepping stones.
“It’s delightful to see how much progress she has made and will continue to make. I’m very proud of her.”
Cllr Steve Criswell, Chairman of the Communities and Partnership Committee, said: “It has been a pleasure to attend the awards and see first-hand the achievements of both learners and partner organisations.
“The stories we’ve heard are truly humbling and I hope this will encourage others, maybe in similar circumstances, to enquire about the Adult Learning and Skills courses available.
“Inspirational learning needs inspirational services.”

Congratulations to all our winners

Please click here to view all photo's taken during the evening

#BeInspired Awards 2017

Find all the inspirational stories of our 2017 #BeInspired Award winners below

In July 2017 Adult Learning and Skills held its first #BeInspired Awards evening at Ely College to celebrate the successes of our learners, partners, providers and tutors.

Please take a look at our video of the evening here

Photos of the evening: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B65volYgZuJ2MnJLSW5aSEt0MEk

Inspirational Learner: Sponsored by Good Things Foundation
Winner: Zainab Jurabay Inspirational Learner - Zhainab Jurabay.pdf
Highly commended: Susan Hines and Gemma Sommersby

Inspiring Supporter: Sponsored by Education Training Foundation
Winner: Christine Dade Supporting into Work Christine Dade.docx.pdf
Highly commended: Kasia Pluta and Ruth Mitchell

Inspiring Supporter Video here

Excellent Volunteer Group Sponsored by Rotary Club of Ely
Winner: Manea Internet Club
Highly commended: Chesterton ESOL Group and the Family Maths class at Hunts Nursery

Excellent volunteer group video here

Excellent Volunteer Sponsored by Rotary Club of Ely
Winner: Sam Clift Inspiring Volunteer Award - Sam Clift.docx.pdf
Highly commended: Maureen Foster and Jo Giddings

Excellent Partner Sponsored by Tesco Huntingdon
Winner: Ely JCP Excellent Partner - Andrew Hodgkinson.docx.pdf
Highly commended: Millfield Primary School, Littleport and EDGE, Huntingdon

Excellent Provider
Winner: GAP Learning CIC See video here
Highly commended: Ely College and CELS

Getting into Work
Winner: Samir Osman Getting into Work - Samir Osman.docx.pdf
Highly commended: Chris Young and Shahada Bibi

Career Progression
Winner: Louise Hill Career Progression - Louise Hill.docx.pdf
Highly commended: Julia Sillet and Ewa Wera

Supporting into Work
Joint Winners: Mark Hawking: Switch Now CIC Supporting into Work Mark Hawking.pdf and Kenny Cox: Adult Learning and Skills Supporting into Work - Kenny Cox.docx.pdf