‘Unsung Heroes’ honoured by Children’s Centres
Published: 6 December 2018
The contribution and successes of volunteers and adult learners were celebrated at an award ceremony at City Gates in Ilford.
Attended by Mike Gapes MP, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People Cllr Elaine Norman and Cllr Bob Littlewood, Cabinet Member for Crime, Safety and Community Cohesion, the Deputy Mayor and local councillors, the awards celebrated over 40 parents of young children who successfully completed courses or who exceeded expectations as volunteers.
Cllr Norman said: “Today was our chance to thank those who give selflessly as volunteers and help Children’s Centres extend the work they do to help very young children have the best start in life. This also celebrates the learners who have shown such determination to improve their English, maths and vocational skills to help them find work”.
The event praised the work of 324 volunteers within Children’s Centres since the programme started in 2013. Volunteering provides many of the adults - the majority of those who have children under five and many who may not have worked in the UK before - vital experience, skills and confidence to take the first steps to work.
Those recognised were:
Adult Learners of the Year - Vocationally Recognised Qualifications
Ruby Nayyar (Overall Adult Learner (VRQ’s) of the Year 2018)
Rashpal Kaur Boora
Minara Binta Alam
Elena Ivanova Tsoneva
Adult Learners of the Year - ESOL and English Conversation
Rakhshanda Faraz (Overall Adult Learner (ESOL and English Conversation) of the Year 2018
Volunteers of the Year – Working in Children’s Centres
Souad Negal (Redbridge Children’s Centre Volunteer of the Year 2018)
Volunteers of the Year – Parent Champions
Mehvish Mahmood (Redbridge Children’s Centres Parent Champion of the Year 2018)