Spring 2019


BBO Celebratory Event and Adult Achievement Awards Preparations Ramp Up

As we roll into the summer term, we're eagerly preparing to celebrate the achievements of participants on our BBO project and learners from HAFLS courses, run both directly and via our partners and providers.

On the 15th May at Knebworth Barns, participants, mentors, tutors, partners, volunteers and important members of the community will come together to celebrate the achievements of the second year of the BBO project.

Building Better Opportunities funding supports projects in England that tackle poverty and promote social inclusion. It is funded by The National Lottery Community Fund and the European Social Fund.

The below video from last year offers an insight into the event and we can't wait to hear from this year's participants.

Meanwhile, nominations are flooding in from tutors for the annual HAFLS celebratory Adult Achievement Awards, held at Hatfield House.

Last year, at the 2018 awards, many of the learners had successfully completed courses under difficult and challenging circumstances. Among the people whose work were celebrated at the 2018 awards 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."

Winner of the Progression Award was a single mum with five children who completed the `Employability course’, Katie Waites from Hemel Hempstead.
Katie’s tutor said, “As soon as Katie stepped into the classroom you could tell she felt happy and comfortable and it was wonderful to watch her grow in confidence.”
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.

As the above video shows, Hatfield House was a truly magnificent backdrop against which to celebrate learner achievements and we look forward to celebrating again on June 26th.


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