The Inspire! Adult Learning Awards is an annual event co-ordinated by Learning and Work Institute Wales in partnership with the Welsh Government and other supporters, including The Open University in Wales, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, Agored Cymru, and the National Centre for Learning Welsh.

The ceremony was held on Wednesday 6th June at The Exchange Hotel in Cardiff and once again hosted by BBC presenter Sian Lloyd. To launch the start of Adult Learners’ Week in Wales, the awards celebrated the achievements of people, community projects and organisations; our eleven inspirational winners, all with diverse backgrounds and stories received an Inspire! Award,

Learning and Work were pleased to welcome Eluned Morgan, Minister for Welsh Language and Lifelong Learning to introduce the awards for the first time, meet the award winners and present the Inspire! Adult Learner of the Year trophy to John Spence, also the winner of Life Change and Progression category.

She said “The Inspire! Award winners and their hugely inspirational stories show just how transformational learning can be – whatever our age or circumstances.”

“Many of the winners have faced incredible challenges on the way. It hasn’t been easy and each one should be immensely proud of their achievements.”

“I’d urge anyone encouraged by their stories to find out about the help that’s available for those who want to enhance their lives through adult learning.”

The awards were also attended by Assembly Members, Simon Thomas, John Griffiths, and Anne Jones.

At the awards ceremony, Marcella Collins, Managing Director at Hotcourses Group, also gave a warm presentation on the partnership between Learning and Work and Hotcourses.

Hotcourses work with educators across the world to provide unique online tools and courses for students, including adult learners. Hotcourses are promoting Adult Learners’ Week events calendar for the first time in Wales this year. Marcella gave a warm presentation on the partnership between Learning and Work and Hotcourses.

Congratulations to all our Inspire! Award winners:

John Spence – Life Change and Progression Award Winer & Adult Learner of the Year

Emily Harding – Life Change and Progression Award Winner

Catrin Pugh – Health and Wellbeing Award Winner

Sammy-Jo Panacci – Young Adult Award Winner

Bernard Boon – Ageing Well Award Winner

Wali Mohammad – Different Past: Shared Futures Award Winner

Cherokee Jones – Into Work Award Winner

Marilyn Llewellyn – Starting Out: Welsh Beginner Award Winner

Parents Learning Group – Closing the Gap Award Winner

Rhyl Football in the Community – Community Project Award Winner

Essential Skills Team – Cardiff Council – Skills at Work Award Winner

Please visit our YouTube channel to watch the Inspire! Award winner’s films which you are welcome to share with your networks.

You can also download a copy of the profile booklet here.

If you would like more information about the Inspire! Awards please contact: [email protected]