Adult Learners’ Week is the UK’s largest annual festival of learning; inspiring thousands of people each year to discover how learning can change their lives.
This year’s Awards Ceremony for Bedfordshire and Luton was held during Adult Learners’ Week, on Friday 19 June 2015 at the University of Bedfordshire, Polhill Avenue site, Bedford
The Disability Resource Centre is proud to have received the following award in recognition of The Way Ahead and Experts by Experience course.
Community Learning Champion
Sponsored by: Aragon Housing Association
For a learner or a group of learners who have made an impact in encouraging others to learn
Winners: The Disability Resource Centre
The Way Ahead & Experts by Experience Learners and TutorTutor: Gill Ormston Learners: Loraine Allen Pat Williamson Karen Saunders Karen Rawlinson Mark Pagluica Luthfun Khanum
The Way Ahead & Experts by Experience programme brought together a group individuals with disabilities who lacked confidence and had never met each other before.
Each learner came to the 8 session programme to achieve the following learning outcomes:• To understand the process of change • To explore the circle of influence • To explore fears and barriers in order to remove them • To identify support available • To produce an action plan
The learners all provided peer support to each other to motivate during times of challenge and ensured that each other achieved their own personal goals. They developed a strong team bond very quickly, challenging each other’s learning whilst supporting each other to overcome barriers to their goals.
The partnership approach they took in supporting each other both during the classes and in between sessions was inspiring. Not only did they achieve their learning outcomes but wider outcomes for themselves and other learners. The learners regularly exceeded their own expectations in terms of what they could achieve.
During the course learners look at confidence building tools, stress and change management. It identifies barriers and solutions and how they can influence change. They were able to set themselves goals, actions and identified any support they needed to achieve their goals. Empowered to move forward they have left positive and equipped for the way ahead.
The following feedback has been provided by the learners on their achievements: