On 6th July, we celebrated learners at our Annual Achievement Awards ceremony, held at the Central Baptist Church in Chelmsford.
Over 30 awards were handed to ACL Essex learners, and among the recipients was Walton-based Victoria Hepden, who studies online with ACL. Victoria has taken many ACL courses, is now a part of the parent ambassador programme and received the Supporting Others Award at the ceremony.
Speaking of her experience at ACL, Victoria said: “They were just so helpful and supportive, and the courses really helped my mental health as well. The help, strength and inspiration that the parenting courses gave me is something I want to pass forward to other families. I know that there are families out there who really need ACL’s support because it was so valuable. ACL changes lives.”
Victoria added: “I know how it feels to feel alone and helpless but attending ACL has really given me a sense of purpose. They have helped me to take negative experiences in my life, reframe them, and use them to move forward and help people in the same or similar situations. I truly believe my tutors offered me a lack of judgement, empathy and compassion. They are amazing – I couldn’t say enough good things about them!”
Upon receiving her award, Victoria said: “I’m very proud. This time two and half years ago, this wouldn’t have happened, but now I’m out there and I want to help others.”
To discover more about the ACL Essex Awards, visit www.aclessex.com/acl-awards2022/.
You can also view and download the 2022-23 course.