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Countdown to the CoLaS – get your vote in now

Fourteen days left to vote for Outstanding Personal Achiever of the Year Award – read the shortlisteds’ stories here.

There are just two weeks left for people to voe for the Outstanding Personal Achievement Award in the North East’s CoLaS Awards.  The Celebration of Learning and Skills Awards Ceremony will be held in Gateshead on 20th June and will showcase learning excellence in the region.
The Outstanding Personal Achievement Award is one of 12 award categories but is the only one with a public vote. There are four individuals on the shortlist:-
Judith Richardson
Nominated By – Pauline Forster, Community & Cultural Services Community Development Department
At one time, just getting out of the house was an achievement for Judith Richardson, from Hetton. Judith’s turning point came during one of her rare and feared trips outdoors when a panic attack left her lost, disorientated and bemused in a place she knew well. At that point, she realised her children were becoming as much parents to her as she was to them.
Through the Hetton community based learning project, Judith, age 30, also undertook assertiveness training, psychology and various ICT courses. With LSC North East funding, Numeracy and Literacy Level 2 qualifications followed before she enrolled with the City of Sunderland College for the first time and successfully completed a Level 2 Functional Skills qualification and two Adult Teaching Level 3 courses.
Judith has subsequently trained to be a learndirect facilitator, and in September last year she completed the first stage of the Level 4 Adult Teaching qualification and is on track to collect her cap and gown at the end of the course.
Judith said about her achievements: “I know how valuable support and learning can be. It can be truly life changing. Of course I want to improve myself, get out of the benefit culture and be a role model to my children but helping others to do the same is a big driver for me.”
Darren Prendergast

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