Sudbury woman wins an award for her learning

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A Sudbury woman has overcome several obstacles in her life, to win an award.

Sarah-Louise Marr, 28, has won the Digital/Technology Learner of the Year award, sponsored by BT.

The award is part of the fifth annual Suffolk Adult Learners Awards, which take place at University Campus Suffolk.

Suffolk groups and individuals have been recognised for their hard work and outstanding achievements of adult learners over the past year.

The main sponsor of the awards is Suffolk County Council.

Sarah-Louise’s award recognises learners where the use of technology has been a key aspect to their learning.

Sarah-Louise has several health issues, particularly affecting her mobility, and has not been able to work for eight years.

She was nominated by Gill Corke, who said in her nomination: “Before returning to learning, Sarah-Louise felt that she was unemployable and had very little self-confidence.

“Sarah-Louise suffered bullying at school and was a carer for her mother and was quite apprehensive about returning to learning.

“She started on the computer workshop and has since gained the OCR Level 1 Award in Essential IT skills, and she is now going onto Level 2.

“Sarah-Louise has gained confidence and attending the classes has been very good for her mental health. It has given her a social life and the opportunity to make new friends,” said Gill.

“Coming back to education has given Sarah-Louise renewed hope of once again working and supporting herself.

“She would like to be self-employed and work at home as a book-keeper.”

Gill added: “Sarah-Louise is a very determined lady and despite at times struggling, she has not missed one single session of any of her classes.”

A total of 12 awards were presented including Outstanding Services to Adult Education and Training in Suffolk to Mary Taylor who worked at West Suffolk College and the Outstanding Learner of the Year,Reco Smith.from Ipswich.