Posted: Thursday 5th July 2018
Outstanding learners have been honoured at the 2018 Hertfordshire Adult Achievement Awards held at Hatfield House last Thursday, 28 June.
The event was organised by Hertfordshire Adult and Family Learning Service (HAFLS), part of Hertfordshire County Council, to celebrate the work and achievement of both adults and young people who have taken part in community learning courses over the past year as well as tutors and mentors who have been helped to make an impact.
Many of the learners have successfully completed courses under difficult and challenging circumstances. Among the people whose work was celebrated were learners who completed courses in English, maths, health and wellbeing or skills for work.
Winner of the ‘Overcoming Challenges’ award, Miguel Almeida, 45, from Watford, successfully completed the `Boost your confidence ’course while coping with a debilitating medical condition. He said “Before the course I wasn’t in a great place. I was unemployed, depressed and really struggling with my condition. My wife found out about the course, while looking for something to build my confidence and get me back into work.
“The course has helped me build my self- esteem, giving me a reason to get out the house and meet new people. Now my condition is much more manageable and I’m back in employment doing a trial run.”
HAFLS provides courses across Hertfordshire in a variety of subjects such as English, Maths, nutrition, confidence building, boosting employability skills, Arts and Crafts and Digital Skills and Work Skills as well as family learning (learning with your child(ren)) that take place in Family Centres, schools and community venues. They also have two learning hubs, one in Stevenage and one in Waltham Cross, with plans to open additional learning hubs during the next academic year.
Courses are either free or there is a very small fee as they are designed to enhance the lives of local people.
For more information about HAFLS and the courses available please email firstname.lastname@example.org, telephone 01992 556194 or take a look at the events calendar.