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Champions Inspire wins 2011 Adult Learners' Award

Surrey Champions Inspire, set up by the Surrey Lifelong Learning Partnership, have helped hundreds of local people, from a range of backgrounds and circumstances, into learning so they can get more control in their lives. The dedication and commitment to learning of these 'Learning Champions' is being recognised with a Community Learning Champions Award as part of the 20th Adult Learners’ Week 14 - 20 May 2011.

A message from SLLP, 20th May 2011

For a number of years we have been working with partners to pioneer work within Surrey to develop a community champions scheme - developing trusted community champions who can win over individuals from within disadvantaged communities and signpost them to learning and support.

Earlier in the week two of our community champions went to the Museum of London to receive an award from NIACE for the Community Learning Champions project, Champions Inspire. We were told that the project had attracted attention nationally. A press release about the award is attached.

In particular success has been built through new partnerships with community organisations in Surrey and Hampshire. We would like to take this opportunity to thank partners who collectively have made this project a success:

  • Army Welfare Service – Aldershot, Arborfield, Pirbright, Sandhurst
  • Cornerhouse, Woking
  • Hampshire Libraries
  • Hart Voluntary Action
  • Greenwich Community Learning Champions
  • Hollistic Harmony
  • Intergen Epsom
  • Leatherhead Clubhouse
  • Martin Yarnit Associates
  • MHUDS Frimley
  • NE Hants and Surrey Heath Mental Health FoRUM
  • NESCOT College
  • NHS First Steps
  • NHS Health Champions
  • Rethink
  • Richmond Fellowship
  • Shifa
  • Southside Partnership
  • Stanwell Community Projects’ Group
  • Surestart Children Centres – Woking, Horse, Saxon, Sun Ash, Bristow
  • Surrey Community Action
  • Surrey County Council
  • Surrey Libraries
  • Surrey Supported Employment Network
  • Surrey Wildlife Trust
  • Voluntary Action Elmbridge
  • Woking Mind
  • Workers Education Association

Receiving this award is a great boost especially given that we have made this an important plank within the Partnership’s plans for 2011-12 – to work with adult learning providers and build the bridge between disadvantaged learners and learning opportunities whilst also empowering local communities to make decisions about their own learning. We will be seeking to work with partners to develop this work whilst at the same time adjusting our own working practices to support the volunteer champions.

Kevin Delf
Chief Executive

Click here to see the NIACE press release dated 9th May 2011.

Added 18 May:

Yesterday we went to the Museum of London to receive an Adult Learners’ Week Award for our Community Learning Champions Project – Champions Inspire. The idea of training trusted individuals to work as community champions was one which has appealed to us for a long time and we were grateful for the opportunity provided to us by BIS and NIACE to show how this could work. This is only the beginning and we will be looking to train and support more CLCs in areas of disadvantage, to develop a series of engagement workshops, to support self-organised community learning and to promote progression from informal to formal learning.

Kevin Delf, 18th May 2011

Below you will see a photo of Kevin and John Thurlow from SLLP and Lenny Roberts-Flanders, one of the Learning Champions, collecting the award and a scan of the award certificate.

Learning Champions Award 17 May 2011

ALW Award Certificate