The traumatic birth of her daughter in 1993 and post-natal depression that followed saw Dawn lose her job and her relationship break-down. As a single parent on benefits, Dawn moved to a new area and fell into a long period of severe depression, so her sister enrolled them both on an evening course to give Dawn a purpose and encourage her to meet people.
This was the start of a long and successful learning journey with Dawn gaining several qualifications since her first in 1996. She was most recently awarded a BA (Hons) in Education and Training, an A1 Assessor Award and an NVQ Level 4 in Business Administration at the start of 2010.
“I found studying therapeutic and it gave me a whole new outlook and purpose in life,” said Dawn. “Learning changed everything for me and my daughter and was the starting point in regaining my life. I began to look forward to my course; meeting new people and learning made me feel good.”
Dawn is now employed as a trainer/assessor at Crook Community Learning Centre, where she was formerly a student, and enjoys encouraging students who have had similar challenges to her own.