‘A room full of hope’ at Hertfordshire Adult and Family Learning Service Achievement Awards 2019
Outstanding learners celebrated their success at the Hertfordshire Adult and Family Learning Service (HAFLS) Achievement Awards 2019, held at Hatfield House this June.
The event was organised by HAFLS, part of Hertfordshire County Council, to celebrate the work and achievement of adults and young people who have taken part in community learning programmes over the past year as well as tutors and mentors who have helped to make an impact on their success.
Many of the learners have successfully completed courses or have been coached towards employment, under difficult and challenging circumstances. Awards were given in subjects including English, maths, health and wellbeing and skills for work.
(Deputy Lieutenant Ian Pigott OBE)
The event was a fantastic acknowledgement of all that has been achieved by HAFLS learners and project participants over the past academic year, with guest speakers and presenters including Deputy Lieutenant Ian Pigott OBE, David Williams, Leader of Hertfordshire County Council, Iain Macbeath, Director of Adult Care Services, Councillor Richard Roberts, Sue Ormiston from the National Lottery Community Fund alongside members of the HAFLS Advisory Board.
(Martin Norman, HAFLS Learner)
Live entertainment was provided by some learners, including Martin Norman’s guitar solo performance and poetry recitals from the Group Award Runners Up, clients of rehabilitation centre, The Living Room in Stevenage.
Just a few of the evening’s highlights included hearing the story of an ex-offender who, with the support of HAFLS partner, HACRO, has turned his life around and is now working to help others in similar situations on their release from prison.
(Rebekah Afari, Winner of a Tutor Award)
Meanwhile, Rebekah Afari scooped a Tutor Award for her resilience and perseverance in teaching others at our partner, West Herts College, despite being profoundly deaf. We heard of Rebekah’s interview where the failure of her interpreter to show up didn’t stop her and she instead opted to continue the interview via pen and paper, successfully gaining the job.
A Group Award went to Ocado’s ESOL group and illustrated the huge benefits to an individual in both their work and personal life when a business invests in its staff.
With tears shed and aching faces from smiling, the evening’s success was poignantly summarised by one learner as they remarked on how the evening had been a joy to attend as they sat in a ‘room full of hope’.
The Award Category Winners and Runners Up
Presented by Steven Lee-Foster, Operations Director, Hertfordshire County Council
Jevan White - CVSBEH
Tara Armstrong – HCL
Young People Award
Presented by Sue Ormiston, EU Programme Manager, National Lottery Community Fund
Neve Hughes - BBO/Mudlarks
Jade McFarland - BBO/Mudlarks
Family Learning Award
Presented by Helen Lardner, HAFLS Advisory Board
Lynda Bone—Community Learning Partnership
Francesca Orozco Bermudez - Direct Delivery
Presented by Councillor Richard Roberts, Cabinet Member HCC
Paul - BBO/HACRO
Maria Del Pilar Diaz Manjon - ASCEND
Overcoming Challenges Award
Presented by Lynsi Hayward-Smith CBE, Chair, HAFLS Advisory Board
Sarah Law - Watford Women's Centre
Alan James - Oaklands College
Presented by Chantal Lommel, Head of Service, HAFLS
Ocado Employees - SPS Training
The Living Room - Direct Delivery
English & Maths Award
Presented by Matt Partridge, HAFLS Advisory Board
Mirek Szczukiewicz - Watford Women's Centre
Esther Tawiah - Direct Delivery
Presented by Iain MacBeath, Director Adult Care Services HCC
Rebekah Afari - West Herts College
Anita Martos Truaz - Watford Women's Centre