2019 Benefitting Society Finalist: Stockport Continuing Education Service, UK

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Turnaround – 360 degrees different

A collaboration between Adult Learning and a Third Sector organisation with specialist skills and experience to support individuals in recovery from addition dependency.

Individuals taking part came from a wide range of backgrounds both socially and economically with addiction as the common factor.

The course broadly addressed for learners boundaries, the effects of self-defeating behaviours and being resilient, emotional awareness and self-esteem and personal responsibility and empathy.

Many of those completing the course progress to further learning including Peer Mentoring and Counselling at level 3 which is self-funding. A number also take up volunteering opportunities, maintain or are able to secure employment.

In terms of other benefits that can be impactful and that relate to sustainability. These are reflected in the increased sense of well-being and purpose gained by learners. This in turn makes them less reliant on health services and supports a commitment to continue to manage their condition and in many instances addresses offending behaviour and the effect of their behaviours on families.

Top 3 learnings:

  1. We recognised the value and long-term benefits learning provides to those recovering from addiction dependency.
  2. By bringing together a range of partners to collaborate on the future design and delivery of a foundation programme.
  3. The partnership will develop further opportunities for learners to explore careers in the Children’s and Adult Social Care and Education sectors.

What is means to win

“This award is fantastic recognition of the value of the partnership between Stockport Continuing Education Service and ACORN. It will inspire us to continue building the programme together and to do even more to support our learners to improve their confidence, self-esteem and life chances.” 

Richard Mortimer
Head of Economy, Work and Skills

This finalist is a Green Gown Award Regional Winner.

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