From an exceptionally strong field of nominations, we were delighted to recognise the contribution of three of our volunteers at WEA Conference in Leeds on October 7th.

Branch volunteer of the year

This award was won by Rhiannedd Pratley, branch secretary at Danbury & Little Baddow branch in Eastern region.

Rhiannedd is a committed branch secretary who helped maintain branch courses (online) throughout the pandemic and also played a significant role in the GDPR working group, helping to find a way for branches to market direct to their students in GDPR compliant way.  An enthusiastic WEA student herself, she was unable to collect her certificate in person due to a clash with her WEA class! Rhiannedd is also a regular attendee at our WEA Connect volunteer support sessions. Many thanks Rhiannedd!

Communications volunteer of the year

Our winner is Ti Huynh, an Aston University student volunteering with the WEA through a university work placement.

In the words of her nominator, ‘Ti has been a significant asset to the WEA bringing great marketing and communications skills to promote courses in the West Midlands, designing posters and spreading the word via social media’.  Ti also took up the role as Community Reporter for the WEA West Midlands region and has been published in this newsletter.  Ti has now returned to her university studies and was unable to collect her award personally on the day. Congratulations Ti!

WEA champion of the year

This year, our winner is Nilufar Nilu, A classroom learning volunteer in the West Midlands region.

Nilufar has become a WEA volunteer role model at her teaching centre where she assists in the classroom with ESOL courses.  She promotes the WEA to her community at every opportunity.  Nilufar has been busy for many years with home and family responsibilities, however, the skills she has personally gained from volunteering with the WEA have enhanced her personal development so much that she was recently successful in getting her first job as a midday supervisor in a school.  Nilufar travelled all the way from the West Midlands to Leeds to collect her certificate on the day at conference.  Well done Nilufar!

Congratulations from all at the WEA!