Hertfordshire Community Learning, working as DCFL in Dacorum, held its annual Learner, Volunteer and Tutor award event on Thursday 6 July at Warners End Community Centre.
The event was attended by over 40 people to celebrate the achievements of learners, tutors, volunteers over the last year.
Special guest was the Deputy Mayor of Dacorum, Councillor Rosie Sutton, who spoke of the tremendous work done by DCFL in the community to encourage adult learning and provide courses that help improve residents lives and wellbeing.
DCFL were also pleased to welcome our local MP, Mike Penning, a longtime supporter of the work of DCFL.
- Volunteer Award of the Year – Ken Wilson, Ken is a classroom assistant on our computer tablet courses and has throughout the year has given his time freely, including turning up to outside events and picking up tutors to take to courses as well as attending in-house training sessions
- Back to Work Award – Sarah-Jane Read, Sarah’s confidence and skills improved when she was persuaded to help with a craft course for people with learning difficulties. Using this increased confidence she went on to gain fulltime employment.
- Overcoming Adversity Award – Bernadine Makins and Phil Wild. This year the award was presented to two tutors who despite long-term illnesses have continued to tutor courses and have never let their learners down.
- Group Award – Waterside Centre, (for people with learning difficulties) in Kings Langley, DCFL ran a class offering crafts to help improve confidence and wellbeing. We were thrilled by the enthusiasm of the learners to help themselves and work together as a group. This award was presented by Mike Penning MP who has a special affinity with the Centre.
- Tutor Award – Kay Clarke and Andy Forbes. These 2 tutors have consistently scored very highly in the classroom also with learners and received a special award from our funders.
- Special Award –Don Coughtrey, Don after successfully completing a tablet computer course in one of Dacorum’s Sheltered Housing Schemes he became an ambassador for the project and went round other Sheltered Housing Schemes extolling the advantages of the course and the positive difference learning had made to him. Don also won an award from our funders.
DCFL, a part of Hertfordshire Community Learning, offers affordable courses to enable digital inclusion for all adult. Specifically for those who have no/or little experience at all. Digital access today is almost a necessity but there are many people, especially in the older age group, who do not have the skills to use it, whether it is for getting back to work or just improving social connections. Our courses are designed to address this and we have eleven years’ experience of working in this field in Dacorum.
As well as digital inclusion we also offer crafts and healthy eating courses to those most vulnerable in the community giving them a sense of wellbeing, improved health and social connections.
Our courses are mainly funded through a partnership with Hertfordshire Adult Learning Service, HAFLS, with whom we have been working for many years and we would like to thank them for funding this event.