Learners, Building Better Opportunity (BBO) participants, volunteers, tutors and mentors were celebrated at the 2018 HAFLS Adult Achievement Awards.
The event recognised incredible work and achievement of both adults and young people who have taken part in community learning courses with HAFLS and a wide range of partners over the past year.
Watch the Adult Achievement Awards highlights.
Many learners have successfully completed courses under difficult and often highly challenging circumstances. Among the people whose work was celebrated were learners who completed courses in English, maths, health and wellbeing and skills for work.
Winner of the Progression Award was single mum, Katie Waites, who despite having her hands full with five children and coping with ill-health, found the time to complete an Employability course with HAFLS.
After the course Katie secured a part-time role with a travel company which she really enjoys. She has also joined the Open University studying sociology with a view to getting a degree in psychology and criminology and ultimately becoming a forensic psychologist.
Katie added: “The course inspired me. My tutor was fantastic and had belief in me which was just what I needed.”
Fiona Hill, Deputy Executive Member for Adult Care and Health said: “I would like to offer my congratulations to the awards winners and to all the other learners, many of whom have overcome huge barriers and shown tremendous courage and commitment, despite some of the challenges or difficulties they face."
"Last year nearly 6,000 people enrolled on HAFLS courses. The age of learners ranges from 16 to over 90 years of age. We should never stop learning and I would urge people who haven’t yet taken the opportunity to consider the benefits of learning something new.”
For more information on the wide range of courses HAFLS and partners run across Hertfordshire, visit the HAFLS website or telephone 01992 556194.
Find out more about the Building Better Opportunities project online or call 01992 556183.