Award success for local learners

Vicki and Emma with Dolina English, Barbara Taylor, Norman MacAskill, Helen Henderson and Sarah Doak
Vicki and Emma with Dolina English, Barbara Taylor, Norman MacAskill, Helen Henderson and Sarah Doak

Two local learners have been recognised in the Learner of the Year Awards from Lead Scotland.

Lead Scotland is a national charity that supports disabled people and carers to improve their lives by widening their access to learning opportunities.

The all-Scotland winner of the very first James Hill Learner of the Year award is Emma Sinkins from Ellon.

Also nominated and commended is Vicki Milne, also from Ellon.

Emma Sinkins has received one-to-one and group learning support from Lead Scotland Learning Co-ordinator Barbara Taylor and also from Helen Henderson of Ellon Resource Centre.

According to Helen, Emma has “blossomed” and her confidence has grown enormously over the last couple of years.

Emma’s achievements include attending three different work placements in the local community, including one in a charity shop where she has moved from the back room to dealing with customers.

Emma was also one of Lead’s first learners to achieve the new Adult Achievement Award.

Vicki Milne, who was also nominated and has been commended, has received group and one to one support for her literacy skills from Barbara Taylor and has made such progress that she is now involved with writing articles and proofreading for the Ellon Centre monthly magazine.

Barbara Taylor commented: “Vicki is an inspiration because she never gives up!”

Lead Scotland’s North Regional Development Manager said: “The new James Hill Learner of the Year Award recognises the way life chances can be improved through the transformative power of learning.

“We are delighted that the first overall winner is Emma Sinkins and we are celebrating the achievement of both Emma and Vicki Milne, who was also nominated and commended.”