Meet our 2022 Inspire! Adult Learning Award winners

The Inspire! Awards are an annual celebration that recognises the life changing achievements of people, projects, and adult learning provision in Wales.

Browse through this year’s award winner stories to find out more about the steps they took to build their confidence, take a second chance, and change their story through education and skills.

Different Past Shared Futures Award Winner

Hisham Saeed

Hisham Saeed was 20 when he arrived in the UK in 2017. His mother had died when he was very young, living in a village…

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Skills for Work Award

Jenna Smith

When the pandemic hit, Jenna Smith, was based in a hospital in a hospital working as a Clinical Health Support Worker, having achieved a Level…

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Life Change and Progression Award

Kirsty Harris

Kirsty Harris left school at 14 without any qualifications, now aged 36 she has graduated from the Open University and is moving onto a master’s…

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Life Change and Progression Award

Karryann Healey

Karryann Healey was three years old when she was put into the care system and adopted but living with abuse and the turmoil of her…

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Starting Out - Welsh Beginner Award

Tom Dyer

Tom Dyer turned the pandemic into an opportunity to try something new. “When Covid came along and I was made redundant, I decided to move…

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Active Wales Award

Lael Heaney

Lael Heaney, was brought up in a difficult, and sometimes unhappy environment that didn’t encourage her to pursue an education. When she was 16, she…

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Essential Skills for Life Award

Bethan Humpreys

Bethan Humphreys had a difficult time at school, she was bullied and left without many qualifications. Working as a school kitchen and classroom assistant, she…

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Different Past Shared Futures Award

Zaina Aljumma

Zaina Aljumma arrived in Wales three years ago after fleeing civil war in Syria. In the short time since her arrival, she has not only…

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Hywel Francis Award for Community Impact


Springboard, a community learning project developed by Learning Pembrokeshire has been bringing family learning opportunities to schools and communities in some of the poorest parts…

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Workplace Change Makers Award

Ceredigion Council Learning and Development Team

When the first UK wide lockdown hit during the Covid19 pandemic, Ceredigion Council’s Learning & Development team knew they had a big task on their…

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Wales for Future Generations Award

Groundwork North Wales

Groundwork North Wales supports the social, economic, environmental and cultural wellbeing of communities across North Wales through educational projects and activities. The WeCare project was…

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Ageing Well Award

Val and John Snare

Grandparents, John and Val Snare, have gone back to school so they could help their grandsons with lockdown learning. Both in their seventies, they help…

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Young Adult Learner Award

Ewan Heppenstall

Ewan Heppenstall enrolled at Cardiff and Vale College (CAVC) in 2018, initially studying an Entry Level 2 Work Skills Programme. The 23 year old has…

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Different Past: Shared Futures Award - Highly Commended Nominee

Ida Mirzaee

Ida Mirzaee arrived in Wales in 2020 after fleeing her home country of Iran. “When I first came to Wales, just before the Covid-19 pandemic,…

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Download a copy of the 2022 Inspire! Adult Learning Awards profile book.

Find out more about the awards by visiting the Learning and Work Institute website


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