WEA Awards celebrate educational success in face of adversity

Twenty-three winners were celebrated for their outstanding achievement in adult education at The WEA’s 2018 Educational Impact Awards. These inspiring stories highlight how adult education benefits individuals, their families and the communities they live in.

Now in their sixth year, the awards celebrate students, tutors, volunteers, partners and staff – who have transformed their own lives and the lives of those around them through lifelong learning.

Among the winners was Kevin McCann, a WEA student on the charity’s Endurance programme. The programme really helped to turn things around for Kevin, reconnecting him with his love of boxing.  He is now a boxing coach and working towards his Olympic boxing certification as well as a mentor on the programme and volunteering his time to teach young people boxing in his local community.

Ruth Spellman, CEO of the WEA, said: “Since the WEA was founded in 1903, we’ve looked to bring educational opportunities to every community in Britain. The simple idea that learning is for everyone, and that learning is for life, underpins everything we do.

“The WEA Awards event is our way of recognising the impact of adult education. Every winner has demonstrated this impact, and it’s our privilege to celebrate their success. My heart-felt congratulations to all our award winners and nominees this year - you’re an inspiration to us all.”

English screenwriter and producer, Jimmy McGovern and Former Chief Executive of Mitie Group, Baroness Ruby McGregor-Smith CBE were made fellows of the WEA.

Find the full list of winners here