Published: Monday, 27th March 2017
The annual Adult Learners Awards ceremony took place at Earlston High School on 23 March.
Now in their 18th year, the awards are held to celebrate the achievements of adult learners across the region. These learners take their future into their own hands and take advantage of the range of opportunities available to them to enhance their:
- quality of life
- job prospect
Inspiring others to learn
The awards are also an opportunity to tell the stories of these learners so that others may be inspired to raise their aspirations and improve their life chances through learning.
This year there were ten categories with the winners including:
- Young learner (16-25yrs): Scott Weir
- Learner in the work place: Megan Bilsland
- Mature learner (50+ yrs): Jackie Gray
- Learning in a group: Open Doors
- Learning in the community: Lynn Hardie
- Accredited learning: Chris Forsyth
- Learning through volunteering: Martin Green
Rachel Treeby, Overall winner
“I feel more confident contributing in class and in all discussions. I also feel my experiences have helped me to have an insight into the caring profession and helped me to empathise with others. I have goals that are now achievable and hope to progress on to a nursing course after the summer. I have wanted to become a nurse for many years and now feel that this is achievable.”
Donna Manson, Service Director Children and Young People
“Many congratulations to everyone involved in this year’s awards. As always, the quality of nominations was outstanding with every individual and group nominated clearly having shown considerable courage and determination to overcome their own unique and personal barriers to learning. They are to be commended for their determination and I wish them well with whatever they go on to do as a result of their achievements.
“I would also like to acknowledge the ongoing commitment, enthusiasm and hard work of the tutors who have each made a significant contribution to not only the learning that has been achieved, but also the personal development that will have taken place as part of each adult’s individual journey to success.
“Overall it was a very special occasion and everyone who took part should be very proud of their contribution.”
Gordon Brown, Executive Officer at Volunteer Centre Borders
“These awards not only celebrate just some of the learning been carried out by adults across the Borders, but are a reminder of the great work being done by the countless volunteers who regularly give their time to teach reading, writing and numeracy skills. We know these volunteers find their roles extremely rewarding and I would urge anyone thinking about volunteering to consider this vital work.”
Adult Learner Awards organisers
The awards are organised by:
- our Community Learning and Development Team
- Volunteer Centre Borders
- Borders College
- Scottish Borders Housing Association
- Skills Development Scotland