Surrey Champions Inspire

Community Learning Champions Awards
South East

Fifty-three referrals for learning, ranging from basic literacy to NVQ in Childcare were made for parents at a children’s centre in just two months since one of its workers became a Community Learning Champion. The area is one of multiple deprivation and the parents are from a range of social and ethnic backgrounds.

Surrey Lifelong Learning Partnership put together a complex and ambitious web of CLCs based in a wide variety of public, private and voluntary services, including those supporting mental health service users, offenders and ex-offenders and army personnel and their families, throughout Surrey and Hampshire. By receiving CLC training together, they form networks and become more aware of each other’s work and expertise.

The next step in the plan is to provide impartial Informal Advice and Guidance and advocacy for people holding personal budgets for adult social care and to pool resources by working with NHS Health Champions.

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“Although delighted with progress we feel that we are only at the beginning. We intend to integrate CLC activities into our mainstream work (John Thurlow).”
Surrey Champions Inspire, 2011 Award Winner