Community learners honoured

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LEARNERS have celebrated new qualifications gained within the community.

Students picked up a host of certificates after completing the Community Learning Scheme.

It enabled people from all walks of life, who are unemployed, short of money, or looking for a new challenge, to achieve a new qualification.

The Blacksmiths Arms, in Stockton Street, Hartlepool, hosted the celebration event.

The highlight of the evening was when Caroline Shilson won the Shelagh Carr Annual Youth Work Learner of the Year Trophy.

She was awarded the trophy after gaining the necessary certificate and securing a job as a detached youth worker at Burbank Youth Centre for Hartlepool Borough Council.

Learners received certificates in youth work level two after studying at St Cuthbert’s Church, in Hartlepool.

Others studied mental health awareness through distance learning with Hull College and Unite.

It let many women achieve the new qualification by studying at home and the Owton Fens Community Association (OFCA) in Catcote Road.

Hartlepool councillor Kevin Cranney attended the event.

He said being able to learn in the community is a key of removing barriers for many students.