NIACE Awards Vale 50 Plus Strategy ForumSuccess and celebrations in local Inspire Awards


Published 04 July 2014


The Vale Learning Festival Group hosted their first local Inspire Awards for Learning Journeys on Thursday 19 June at Barry Memorial Hall.


The successful event, attended by Jane Hutt AM and Alun Cairns MP, was organised to celebrate all the local people who had been nominated for the National NIACE Dysgu Cymru awards in Llandudno.


Local awards were also presented during the evening by the Vale of Glamorgan Mayor Cllr Howard Hamilton including two Learning Journey Awards and the Gail Hughes Award for Learning in the Community.


The two Learner Awards were given to Adam Harvey who was nominated by iTec for Learning at Work and Clare Tyne who was nominated by Putting Families First.


The Gail Hughes award for Learning in the Community, an annual award in memory of Gail Hughes who worked with the Vale Community Development Network over ten years ago, was given to the Vale 50+ Strategy Forum.


Colette Chilcott, Chairman of the Vale Learning Network and main organiser of the evening, said: “We were delighted to see so many people at the event to help us celebrate all of the fantastic things the local adult learners have achieved. It was a great opportunity to give people the recognition they deserve and to inspire others to learn a new skill. Choosing the winners for the awards was an almost impossible task.”


The evening followed another event organised by the Vale Learning Festival Group also held in the Memorial Hall, which included a large Planetarium, a chance to be part of a Rock Band with Rock Academy Wales and many stalls including arts and crafts for the children and an animation workshop.