Inspire! Adult Learning Award Winners

Meet our 2021 Inspire! Adult Learning Award winners

The Inspire! Awards are an annual celebration that recognises the life changing achievements of people, projects, and adult learning provision in Wales.

Browse through this year’s award winner stories to find out more about the steps they took to build their confidence, take a second chance, and change their story through education and skills.

Winelia Preslea De Jesus, GS Verde Group, Cardiff, 02/09/2021

Young Adult Award

Wilnelia De Jesus

Despite leaving school after her GCSEs to support her single-parent family, Wilnelia De Jesus managed to rise through the ranks of legal company Greenaway Scott…

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Family Learning Award

Claire Gurton

Claire Gurton was just 22 when she lost the sight in one of her eyes. She didn’t know it at the time, but she was…

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Starting Out: Welsh Beginner Award

Liz Day

Liz Day was made redundant in August 2020, after her employer announced it would be cutting 12% of its workforce due to the coronavirus pandemic.…

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Inspire - James Atkinson, Merthyr 24/08/2021

Health and Wellbeing Award

James Atkinson

James Atkinson has autism spectrum disorder. Growing up, he struggled with confidence and found social situations challenging, eventually leaving school without GCSEs in maths and…

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Different Past: Shared Futures

Fatma Al Nahdy

When Fatma Al Nahdy made the journey to the UK from Yemen in 2015, she didn’t speak any English and due to the ongoing wars…

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Mental health nurse Ewa Smaglinska, Ysbyty Glan Clwyd, Bodelwyddan

Skills at Work Award

Nursing Students of the Open University in Wales

Nursing students at the Open University (OU) in Wales who decided to support frontline NHS workers during the pandemic while still studying have won a…

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Ageing Well Award

Phyllis Gregory

Phyllis Gregory has always been a keen writer and poet. Over the course of her lifetime, she’s entered and won multiple competitions. When she started…

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180821 - Golley Slater - Barry, Wales, United Kingdom

Essential Skills for Life

Clare Palmer

Clare Palmer left school at 14 with no qualifications. Clare was passionate about helping others and dreamed of a career where she could give something…

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The Stepping Stones Next Steps Survivors Education Group with centre,

Hywel Francis Community Impact Award

Stepping Stones – Next Steps Education Group

The Next Steps Survivors Education Group was set up for women who were survivors of abuse to learn new skills, improve their confidence and increase…

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Into Work Award

Daniel Jones

Daniel Jones was faced with uncertainty about his job prospects, a lack of confidence in himself, as well as difficulties communicating with new people after…

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Inspire Awards, Joshua Osbourne, Swansea, 05/08/2021

Starting Out: Welsh Beginner Award

Josh Osborne

When Josh Osborne decided to move to Wales to live with his Welsh-speaking partner, one thing he knew for certain was that he wanted to…

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Inspire - The Wallich, Cardiff 26/08/2021

Life Change and Progression Award

The Wallich

The Wallich has been housing and supporting people who have experienced homelessness for over 40 years. As well as helping its service users to find…

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Inspire, Unison, WULF Project. Cartrefi Cymru, 27/08/2021

Skills at Work Award

UNISON Cymru Wales WULF Project

The UNISON WULF Project aims to increase the skills, confidence, wellbeing, and employability of the public service workforce across Wales. During the pandemic, the UNISON…

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Download a copy of the 2021 Inspire! Adult Learning Awards profile book.

Find out more about the awards by visiting the Learning and Work Institute website


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