A NATIONAL award for excellence in staff development in further education was presented to Coleg Sir Gâr, Llanelli at an event held in Westminster, London.
The Association of Colleges (AoC) Beacon Award, sponsored by City and Guilds, was awarded in order to recognise the innovating nature of the teaching and learning initiative.
The AoC Beacon Awards celebrate the best and most innovative practice among UK further education colleges, and reward colleges that go above and beyond in providing high-quality technical and professional education.
Barry Liles, Principal at Coleg Sir Gâr, said: “The college is delighted to win the prestigious award. It demonstrates our continued commitment to excellence in teaching and learning, and recognises the hard work of leaders and teachers at the institution.”
Catherine Bush, Head of Policy and Public Affairs at City and Guilds, said: “City and Guilds is delighted to make the award for Staff Development to Coleg Sir Gâr. This was a very thorough programme, which provides an excellent pathway for support and development. There are very clear benefits to staff both on a professional and a personal level and this is translated into benefits for teaching and learning throughout the college.
“It was evident that the programme had made a real contribution to a culture that is focused on self-improvement, building confidence and high-quality teaching and learning. The positive impact that the programme had made for individual teachers in their careers and personal development was extremely impressive.”
Dame Pat Bacon, Chair of the AoC Beacon Awards, said: “Coleg Sir Gâr is an outstanding representative of the excellent work happening in colleges across the country. It’s a privilege to be part of an awards programme that recognises the energy colleges put into supporting their students, staff, employers and local communities.”
Mike Davis, Chief Assessor for the AoC Beacon Awards, said: “The high standard of submissions to the AoC Beacon Awards often makes it very hard for the judges to choose the winners. Coleg Sir Gâr can be proud to receive this award for demonstrating its commitment to create the best possible experience for its students.”
The college received its certificate from David Hughes, Chief Executive of AoC.
Holistic weekend at the Garden
A WEEKEND for those who want to stay healthy or live a holistic life is being held at the National Botanic Garden of Wales this weekend (Jul 8-9).
With everything from reiki to reflexology, and crystals to tarot, the Natural Living Expo boasts a real A-to-Z of complementary therapies.
Organiser Sarah Clark sa id: “We are very excited about coming back to the Garden; last year’s event was such a success.
“Natural Living Expo is a Health & Wellbeing event with over 50 stands offering holistic taster sessions in Indian Head Massage, Reflexology, Bowen Therapy also Shiatsu and hot stone massage to name but a few.”
“There will be handmade, natural soaps and beauty products, gifts and crafts as well as ‘nutrition’ stands offering plenty of expert advice and tastes of healthy foods. There will be free talks in Theatr Botanica all through the weekend and fun demonstrations that you can join in, in the courtyard near the restaurant.”
Co-organiser Jaynie Sayers added: “So why not come and learn about something new, enjoy a relaxing therapy? We are looking forward to seeing you all for a great weekend.”
For a full list of talks and exhibitors, go to http://www. natural-living-expo.co.uk/our-exhibitors.html
The Garden is open from 10am to 6pm with last entry at 5pm.
Admission to the Garden is £10.50 (including Gift Aid) for adults and £8.75 for concessions.
Entry is free for Garden members and parking is free for all.
Charity skydive gets off the ground
IT WAS a case of fourth time lucky for an intrepid team of skydivers from Llangadog who finally managed to complete their tandem skydives after three cancellations due to poor weather.
Llangadog Skydive Team, made up of local landlady Donna Byard of The Castle Llangadog, along with fellow adrenaline junkies, Emyr Williams, Paul Davies & Ian Yelland, were raising money for Brain Research Trust.
The awesome foursome leapt out of a plane over Swansea from 12,000ft and went into free fall at speeds in excess of 120mph for around 50 seconds before the instructor opened the parachute and they flew safely back to earth.
The team had a group of dedicated supporters who accompanied them to the airfield and watched as they completed their dives. The supporters were far more nervous than the team, who remained remarkably calm considering what they were about to do!
Ian said that one minute he was sitting on the edge of the plane with his heart racing, looking down at the ground miles below, then the next after falling forward into nothing, he was looking up at the underneath of the plane as it flew over.
All four were smiling from ear to ear, walking back to their supporters after completing the dive and were glad to have been able to do this, while raising money for a worthy cause.
The Brain Research Trust fund life changing research into neurological conditions, including; Alzheimer’s Disease, Brain Tumours, Multiple Sclerosis, Stroke, Parkinson’s Disease, Epilepsy, Motor Neurone Disease, Migraine, CJD, Brain Trauma and Spinal Cord Regeneration.
There are over 12,500,000 people in the UK living with a Brain Condition, that’s 1 in 5 of us. Someone is diagnosed with a brain condition every minute. 2,000,000 people are disabled by their neurological condition.
The team have received tremendous support from Llangadog community and family & friends, already raising over £2,500. Their fundraising will continue until the end of August, and the team hopes to reach the £3,000 mark
To make a donation, visit: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Llangadog-Skydive-Team
Project nominated for major award
FIX AND SHIFT TRAINING, based in Carmarthenshire, is appealing for votes after reaching the finals of the prestigious National Lottery Awards.
They are competing against six others in the Best Voluntary/ Charity Project category. It beat off stiff competition from more 1,300 organisations to reach the public voting stage in this year’s National Lottery Awards. This was a record number of entries to the annual search for the UK’s favourite Lottery-funded projects.
The project with the most votes will be crowned the winner in their category. They will receive a £5,000 cash prize to spend on their project, an iconic National Lottery Awards trophy, and they will attend a star-studded glittering Awards ceremony to be broadcast on BBC One in September.
Fix and Shift Training (FAST) started when its manager heard of a vulnerable adult who had sat in the dark for days because he didn’t know how to change a lightbulb, and he didn’t know who to ask to help him.
The community project provides training for vulnerable adults in Carmarthenshire, who then help others, from gardening, decorating, fitting smoke alarms, assembling flat pack furniture, to changing light bulbs for pensioners.
National Lottery funding helps this innovative training programme to help vulnerable people access training, help vulnerable people to feel safer in their own homes, and guides the trainees towards employment. The volunteers have created a Job Club to help each other, and the package of training, real experience and work preparation helps people who pass through the programme to change their lives.
Sarah Phillips from Commodum Ltd said: “We are delighted that Fix and Shift Training has been nominated for a National Lottery Award, and has reached the final public voting round.
“Fix and Shift Training is a DIY service run for vulnerable people by vulnerable people. This public recognition is a real boost for all our trainees, who work so hard to help others.
“It would mean so much to them to win this award, so I’m asking the public to continue to support this project by voting for us as the UK’s best Voluntary/ Charity project in the National Lottery Awards.”
National Lottery Awards spokesperson, Jackie O’Sullivan, added: “National Lottery players raise £30 million every single week for Good Causes across the UK and the work done with that money is truly life-changing.
“The National Lottery Awards celebrate the talent and dedication of the amazing staff and volunteers who run these incredible National Lottery funded projects for the benefit of their communities.
“Fix and Shift Training has worked very hard to become a finalist and they now need your support. So get voting!”
To vote for Fix and Shift Training, please go to lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/ awards or telephone 0844 836 9713 and follow the campaign on Twitter with hashtag #NLAwards. Voting runs for four weeks from 9am on 29 June until midnight on 27 July.
There are seven projects competing for votes across seven categories, reflecting the main areas of National Lottery funding: arts, sport, heritage, health, environment, education and voluntary/charity.
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