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Adult Learners' Week OCN Award 2013

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Adult Learners’ Week 18 - 24 May 2013

Adult Learners’ Week is a national celebration of the benefits of lifelong learning and is the perfect opportunity to explore the many types of learning available to adults from all walks of life.

Through thousands of events and awards ceremonies, Adult Learners’ Week:

  • recognises the achievements of outstanding individuals and innovative learning projects;
  • encourages participation in different kinds of learning, whether it is to improve prospects in a current role, start a new career, improve physical and mental health, learn skills to support family and community, improve essential skills for personal development and to deal with the demands of everyday life, or learn just for fun; and
  • offers organisations the chance to showcase the learning opportunities that they provide;
  • and shapes the debate about adult learning.

Learning through OCN Award

The London and South East Awards Ceremony Celebrating Success, was held at the Museum of London on 21 May 2013.

At this event, Roger Pellew, Director of Operations at OCN London, presented the annual Learning through OCN Award. This year's winner was Julie Ann Pierce who was nominated by Geraldine Timlin from City and Islington College.

Roger Pellew, Julie Ann Pierce and Geraldine Timlin

Julie loved school despite constant bullying and a violent unsupportive home life. However, she left as a mother, without qualifications, and spent the following years battling drug dependence and mental health issues. Days and years merged together, with little focus or structure. She never lost sight of her love for learning though, and in 2012 made a “now or never” decision to go to college to change her life.

Julie started with creative writing, English and maths, and has progressed so quickly that she is now planning to continue her studies in social science at University with a view to working in the field. She is free from dependence on any substances or medication, and considers learning to be her “new drug of choice”. Julie says: “My future now has meaning and I am not afraid of the unknown because I can see light in a history of darkness. I hope everyone is ready for me because I feel unstoppable!”