The Supported Learning Award Ceremony took place on Friday 16 October. Learners, along with their friends and family were with us at the Woking Centre to celebrate this very special occasion as the Principal, Paul Hoffman, presented the awards. Staff joined us as well to share our pride in their achievements and to congratulate them.
Learners have not just achieved qualifications, skills and knowledge by completing their courses; they’ve also made huge gains in confidence. This is helping them to live as independently as possible and participate more freely in the community.
After the ceremony the Leadership team, Adult Supported Learning staff and guests gathered for an afternoon tea reception, where great ideas were exchanged and future objectives and goals were discussed. It was great to see friendships formed and confidence and self-esteem boosted in our Supported Learning Community.
We once again congratulate all of our Learners on their outstanding achievements. They have shown that with persistence, hard work and dedication, the sky is the limit.
Insight into three of our award winners
Ashleigh Mackay – awarded the Laser Entry Level 1 Award
Ashleigh Mackay attended the ceremony and was awarded the Laser Entry Level 1 Award in Independent Living Skills - Household Skills, having successfully completed the Cookery course.
She was full of smiles and laughter throughout the day, and was very excited and proud to receive an official award in recognition of her achievement from Paul Hoffman. Ashleigh was inspired to follow the Supported Learning cookery course by her friend David, who had completed the course and now cooks in their residence (he’s a dab hand at shepherd’s pie now). As a result, they are now confident of cooking together for others at their residence.
Ashleigh attended her course at the West Moseley centre with tutor Renee, who she said is "great". She was "definitely happy" and "totally enjoyed" learning with us, and said that her favourite dish to prepare is spaghetti bolognaise. She is thinking of starting a supported learning ICT course next as she’s just got an iPad.
Calvin Griffiths – awarded the Laser Entry Level 1 Award
Calvin Griffiths has been awarded the Laser Entry Level 1 Award in Independent Living skills - Household Skills, having successfully completed the Cookery course.
Calvin was focused on achieving great social skills throughout the course, and he and his family agree that Surrey Adult Learning has been instrumental in helping him reach this personal goal. His parents have worked tirelessly to promote his wellbeing and inclusion in mainstream society, despite his learning difficulties. Mrs Griffiths, his mother, is a qualified teacher and both parents sought courses that would enable Calvin to lead a fulfilled life.
Calvin, who has lived independently for 11 years with the help of his support worker, says he feels much more confident these days, due in part to his continued learning and participation in the community. Some examples of this participation include his presence on the committee of Mencap in Woking and his regular attendance at St Mary of Bethany Church in Woking – which is of utmost importance to Calvin.
He was extremely proud to attend the awards ceremony, and expressed excitement and happiness at the recognition he received from Paul Hoffman. He recently bought an iPad, and will be returning to Supported Learning to complete the Supported Learning computer course, with a possible photography course on the horizon as well.
Cassi Fairless – awarded the OCR Entry Level 2 Award
Cassi Fairless attended the ceremony and was awarded the OCR Entry Level 2 Award for Life and Living Skills.
She described her learning journey, which has involved engagement of Surrey Adult Learning in parallel with the support of other agencies, resulting in her securing paid part time employment with the Halow Project, a Guildford Charity.
She said she feels a sense of belonging to Surrey Adult Learning and Supported Learning. Since returning to the Surrey community, having lived in Somerset for the past six years, she has used a range of opportunities on offer through Supported Learning. As a result, she is now currently in paid part time employment with the Halow Project, where she is a respected and efficient member of the administration team.
Halow has been sponsoring Cassi to develop and enhance her work skills and keep her training up to date, so last year she completed a First Aid course. She also became a qualified Peer to Peer mentor, which she uses to help and mentor other Halow clients attending Surrey Adult Supported Learning.
Cassi was proud to receive her award from Paul Hoffman. It is the well deserved result of her strong personal investment and dedication to learning with the support team. She is a real inspiration to us all, facing any challenge with a 'can do' attitude.
Top image: Ashleigh Mackay accompanied by fellow Learner and best friend David Kavanagh.
Middle image: Calvin, his key worker Kirk and SAL discussing Calvin’s achievement.
Bottom image: Cassi being awarded OCR Entry Level 2 Award for Life and Living Skills.