A Barnfield College tutor is set to head to a glittering award ceremony this week, after being nominated for a Three Counties People Awards by her very own students.
Community Learning co-ordinator and ESOL tutor Elena Keys is nominated in the award’s Diversity and Equality category, which celebrates the outstanding impact people in Beds, Herts and Bucks have on their local communities.
The Diversity and Equality award specifically recognises an individual or organisation which has actively promoted community cohesion and celebrated diversity.
A staff member at Barnfield from over 20 years, Elena most recently works on the college’s community provision, embedding community outreach programme in locations across Luton. These classes enable learners to improve language, numeracy or IT skills, empowering not only in day-to-day tasks but the confidence skills and tools to move into the working world.
Students at one of the college’s community projects based at the Centre for Youth and Community Development (CYCD) on Leagrave Road led on a nomination to commend and thank Elena and the college for the impact these programmes have on their lives.
Student Islam Sheikh said: “On behalf of all ESOL, Numeracy, IT and Sewing groups in the community we are nominating Elena for this prestigious award. She has organised many new classes for the most disadvantaged and vulnerable members of our community.
“With her dedication to the more widespread growth of community provision, I was able to attend new opened classes in ESOL at CYCD, Numeracy at the Luton Central Library and IT at Chaul End Community Centre. My peers also happily attended new sewing, child care and even beauty taster sessions during Ramadan. These classes boost our confidence, enrich our life and improve our chances to find a job.”
Director of Teaching, Learning and Assessment Lisa Milligan said: “To have a member of staff nominated for this award is fantastic, but to know that nomination comes from the very students who benefit from this unique provision is really very special.
“At Barnfield College we are committed to serving our community and to supporting the success of each and every one of our students. It is a pleasure to see over the last two or three years such significant growth in our community enrolments and to know that this work is both valued by and making a difference to the lives of our students and their families. We congratulate Elena and wish her all the best at the awards ceremony this week.”
Barnfield College currently deliver community ESOL programmes in Bury Park Community Centre, William Austin Infant School, Chaul End Community Centre, Farley Hill and the College’s campus in New Bedford Road. One-stop Registration clinics will take place over the coming weeks on Mondays and Tuesdays, 9am-1pm at CYCD in Leagrave Road, and 1:30-4pm at Bury Park Community Centre.