Trainee or Apprentice of the Year 2017 Finalist – Adam Ellis

Adam Ellis has made it to the final three for the dedication and tireless and endless effort he gives and shows the Army Cadets Force in Barrow.

Adam Ellis is 17 years old,  is a dedicated member of the Barrow Detachment, Cumbria Army Cadet Force. He parades twice a week without fail, regularly deploys on strenuous weekend exercises and attends intense national training courses lasting up to seven days. It is through his passion and commitment he has achieved the highest rank every cadet aspires to achieve,

Adam is regularly relied upon to instruct and coach large numbers of cadets in military subjects including, drill, weapon handling and map reading and on a normal parade night at Barrow Detachment he puts all his training and experience to use and instructs other cadets to an exceptional level. The depth of knowledge and his ability to communicate it along with his approachable personality and excellent bearing allows him to deliver l ” class lessons that even regular soldiers would been grossed in.

Due to all of Adams effolba17_trainee_adam-ellis-resize-for-blogrts, he was selected as the best cadet from them all to become the Lord-Lieutenants Cadet. This is a high profile appointment which is selected from the Army Cadet Force, the Sea Cadet Corps, the Air Training Corps and the Combined Cadet Force, all from within Cumbria. These extra duties require Adam to assist the Lord-Lieutenant with VIP visits and parades around the county. He also acts as an ambassador for all the cadet organisations and all the young people of the county.  This appointment is recognised as one of the  highest honours a cadet can achieve.

 

Adam has successfull y captained many teams to success in the Army Cadet Force and has lead teams to victory in Cumbria ACF Military Skills competitions, an intense weekend where a team of 8 cadets put their training and skills to the test against other teams from around the county in navigation, first aid, attacks, shooting, camouflage and drill.  Adam represents the county in shooting  and has competed and won in various national and regional shooting  competitions.

Over the years Adam has selflessly helped raise much needed funds for the Royal British Legion, selling poppies.

Adam is currently completing his STEC first Diploma in Public Services and his silver Duke of Edinburgh award with the ACF, highlighting his devotion and commitment once again. He has completed his Senior Cadet Instructors Cadre, Cadet Leadership Course and most recently his Master Cadet course, being placed inside the top 2 in all courses.  Adam is also studying maths, physics and Law A levels and completed geography AS Level at Barrow 6th Form College.

The Barrow Detachment say “Adams loyalty and commitment to Cumbria Army Cadet Force and Barrow Detachment is second to none. Through his actions as a cadet he encourages and leads other cadets to carry out their duty as a cadet correctly and without question.”

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The winner will be announced at The Love Barrow Awards on Friday 10th March 2017 and will be announced via Facebook and Twitter also.

 


Trainee of Apprentice of the Year 2017 Finalist – Claire Austin

Claire Austin has been put through to the final three because of her outstanding contribution to the Women’s Community Matters Center, Barrow while on her placement for her master in Social Work.

Claire Austin is a Student Social Worker currently completing her Masters in Social Work at Lancaster University. She has just entered her 2nd year. She was on placement at Women’s Community Matters for 4-months in early 2016 and the centre says, excelled in everything she did.

Claire has delivered group work sessions at the centre, even though it was something she was brand new to, the content of her sessions were accessible, engaging and interesting. She has the ability to engage with people on their level and had a positive impact on the lives of so many people. She worked in courses and on one-to-one with women who have a whole range of lived experience lba17_trainee_claire-austin-esize-for-blogincluding mental health issues, criminality, addiction, sexual abuse, domestic abuse and much more.

The centre has said that Claire has a deep level of intuition, which enabled her to work effectively with clients in a kind, compassionate and empathic way. She was extremely creative and used her talents to make her work with clients exciting and interesting, relating it to their particular needs. She used all those skills at Women’s Community Matters as well as ” House.

Claire continues to volunteer at the Women’s COmmunity Matters Centre weekly offering 1:1 support to clients. Claire also works at Ostley House in Barrow as a manager and is extremely passionate about her work with older adults.

 

Women’s Community Matters says “Claire is kind, compassionate, creative and intuitive. She’s passionate about becoming a social worker who will make a difference to people’s lives. She is continuously putting other people at the forefront of her mind and her reflective skills allow her to continuously grow and develop as a social worker. She has a deeply empathic nature and her kindness knows no bounds.”

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The winner will be announced at The Love Barrow Awards on Friday 10th March 2017 and will be announced via Facebook and Twitter also.

 


Trainee or Apprentice of the Year 2017 Finalist – Joshua Ashley

Joshua Ashley has made it to the final three in his category after being an exemplary apprentice during his time with BAE Systems, Barrow and using that time to help BAE Systems reach out to the younger community about STEM subjects.

Joshua Ashley completed his apprenticeship in March 2016 with BAE Systems.  During that time he became a highly skilled and respected young member of the design function team but throughout his apprenticeship and on an ongoing basis he has added wider value to the business and to the local community.

lba17_trainee_joshua-ashley-esize-for-blogDuring his apprenticeship, Joshua, helped with STEM events via BAE offering mock interviews to school pupils who are interested in apprenticeships. He was keen to show that this route into work is a positive and valuable one in terms of opportunities for development.

He has worked to support the Barrow and District Association of Engineers and has been elected onto its council as a result. This aims to promote engineering locally and undertakes work to promote interest in STEM careers to pupils.

Joshua was also nominated for the NSAN Manufacturing Apprentice of the Year award due to the contribution he made to the local community and to the essential promotion of STEM subjects. This also recognises his superb achievements in his role which culminated in him being awarded a prestigious Whitworth scholarship in Westminster.

Josh is described as extremely modest even though he has achieved exceptional success during his apprenticeship.

His current employers, BAE Systems say “Josh is a delightful young man and a wonderful ambassador for apprenticeships, engineering and BAE.”

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The winner will be announced at The Love Barrow Awards on Friday 10th March 2017 and will be announced via Facebook and Twitter also.

 


Community Focused Business of the Year 2017 Finalist – Deemon Performance Academy

Deemon Performance Academy have made it to the final three for being a huge part of the local community and providing a fun and safe environment for young people to learn and older generations to be part of something in their community.

Deemon Performance Academy, run by Emma McMillan and her team, are based in Barrow-in-Furness, have a been a part of the community for several years, providing a safe and fun place for young people of all backgrounds and abilities to come and experience the joy of performance through signing, acting and dance but more than that they are a family to the local children and their families, who can turn to Deemon in tough times for support, advice and help or just pop along and enjoy the company and have a cup of tea.

The Deemon team encourage the young performers to be all that they can, and although they are there to learn dance, signing and acting skills, they go away with life skills such as confidence, lba17_cfb_deemon-performance-academy_-ailsa_emma_katie-resize-for-blogcourage and a feeling of self worth.  Every child that leaves Deemon, believes in them self.

Deemon make sure that several places are reserved for people who are unable to send their child to a performance academy, making it possible for these opportunities to be available to any child.

The students of the academy, work hard to create the shows, which help them raise money which gets put back into the local community through charitable donations to local groups and projects such as the RNLI.

Emma McMillan, Head of Deemon says “…Every child is special to us, we try to make sure we can always give the free places away… It’s hard work but it’s always worth it when you see what a difference our young people can make in their communities and families, when they leave us with confidence and a sense of self-worth.” 

 

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The winner will be announced at The Love Barrow Awards on Friday 10th March 2017 and will be announced via Facebook and Twitter also.


Community Focused Business of the Year 2017 Finalist – Imagine Independance

lba17_cfb_imagine-independence_lorraine-buckley-resize-for-blogImagine Independence has made it into the finals for the great work they do with people who are disabled and are seeking voluntary work, work experience or even paid employment.

Imagine Independance is a charity with a positive approach to mental health and works to promote opportunities for people to live a full and independent life. The team work together with people with mental health issues and other challenges so they can live a full and independent life.

Lorraine Buckley is Cumbria Employment Advisor for the Barrow area.  Many of the people she engages with have lots that they can contribute to their community and so she works with them to help them have secure good housing, employment, fulfilling leisure activities, good health and a respected place in society.  The service is tailored to each client and makes a huge difference in their lives and in some cases turned round the lives of people with no confidence, mental illnesses and disabilities.

Imagine Independence helps to support other local services including Barrow Adult Social Services, Barrow CMHT, Imagine Clients, Employment/Voluntary work Providers and Local Further Education Services.

One of the services users has says “The service has changed my life and I am now a confident individual with prospects that once I thought I’d never have.”

 

 

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