Ali Hayward

Individual Regional Awards
Yorkshire and the Humber

Ali left school in her early teens due to a disability and then held down a steady job at the local council for many years. She gave birth to a daughter in 2003 who was diagnosed with having cerebral palsy, and that, along with a traumatic labour, saw Ali suffer post-natal depression and a deterioration in her own disability.

Determined to overcome her negativity and become happy once again, Ali began voluntary work with a disability organisation. This led to friends suggesting that Ali should do something for herself, so she looked at courses available. Ali completed a Creative Writing Certificate and moved on to a part-time degree in Literature and Creative Media.

Ali said, “My life has changed beyond anything expected. I’m excited about my future.” Ali hopes to share her passion for English and teach others who’ve missed out on learning too. She ended, “Education changes lives. It’s powerful and for me will always be a privilege I never thought I’d have.”

Award Winners
“Education changes lives. It’s powerful and for me will always be a privilege I never thought I’d have.”
Ali Hayward, 2010 Award Winner