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A red carpet event has been held to celebrate the achievements of people who have stepped back into education. Wiltshire Council’s Family and Community Learning team celebrated learner achievements at a ceremony at Trowbridge Civic Centre on 31 July 2019.

The service, funded by Education and Skills Funding Agency, supports learners who may have missed opportunities in life due to educational, social, or other circumstances. The event was attended by learners and their families, who enjoyed an evening of entertainment, raffle prizes and a buffet.

The service has encouraged more than 200 learners back into learning this year. Many were unemployed at the start but have used Wiltshire Family and Community Learning as a springboard to improvement and progression to further learning, working and volunteering.

The awards were presented by members of the service’s Governance Board with the winners chosen by an external panel of judges.

The award winners are:

Life change and progression

1st place: Katie Louise Hunt – Frome

Health and wellbeing

1st place – Stacy Baxter – Trowbridge

Runner up – Rebecca Morgan – Pewsey

Closing the gap

1st place – Suzanne Chowney – Royal Wootton Bassett

Runner up: Jessica Angell – Chippenham

Overcoming challenges

1st place – Paisley Wilkins – Devizes

Runner up – Zoe Stephens – Chippenham

Functional skills learner

1st place – Kym Hugo – Amesbury

Runner up – Grace Mkwanda – Lyneham

Into work

1st place – Jamie Lee Waller – Salisbury

Runner up – Monika Bednarz – Calne

Outstanding learner

1st place – Hannah Wilkins – Calne (pictured above)

Runner up – Matthew James – Trowbridge

The Wiltshire Council’s Family and Community Learning offers a variety of courses available to learners, including –
– A range of joint family activities, where the adults learn how they can offer support to their children with English, maths and homework.
– Developmental opportunities for adults to review their personal aspirations
– Courses designed specifically for learners wanting to get back to work
– Maths and English qualifications

For more information, go to www.wiltshire.gov.uk/family-learning