Teacher of the Year 2017 Finalist – Caroline Vernon

Caroline Vernon has been put through to the final three for the dedication she shows to her school its children and hte wider community in her role as HeadTeacher at Victoria Academy in Barrow.

Caroline is the Headteacher at Victoria Junior School, Barrow.  The school has recently transitioned into an academy under the guidance of Caroline, who is well loved by her pupils and has a strong team working beside her to to help her achieve her goals and ambitions for the school and the surrounding community.

Caroline has helped set up many activities that her pupils take part in including The Healthy living and lifestyle project for Barrow which was about helping young children to understand the importance of eating healthy and looking after themselves and the Step Up To Serve  programme which sees many of hte school pupils being accepted as part of the #iwill programme, where they travel to London as part of a larger project.

lba17_teacher_caroline-vernon-resize-for-blogCaroline is always striving for her staff and pupils to be the best that they can be, always available to sit and chat about any problems or listen to new ideas.

As well as inside the school, Caroline is a big advocate for the community and the wider area becoming a leading figure nationally in student led research and critical skills. The work carried out at the school helped to shape the national curriculum for primary schools and has been done in partnership with the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA).

A spokesperson for QCA describes how they were able to “… seize upon work … observed in Victoria Juniors (to) help develop work on a national scale.”   Similarly OFSTED hailed this work at the school as outstanding. Caroline has been working alongside other Barrow and Cumbrian head teachers during this work and has also begun to speak at national conferences describing the work around student led research and critical skills.

Caroline has led on the local Furness Learning Transition Project exploring issues around young people’s transition from primary to secondary school. Caroline has linked this work with Lancaster University.   Caroline’s work has attracted further national attention including interest from the Centre for the Use of Research and Evidence in Education and the University of Wolverhampton.

In 2013. Caroline has visited the House of Commons to talk about her work as one of the founders of Furness Education and Skills Partnership, first in April 2013 to speak to members of the Education Select Committee and secondly in June 2013 to attend a launch of a new initiative about bridging the gap between education and industry.

One of the pupils at her school says “Mrs Vernon is friendly and listens to you, she is fair but firm and encourages you to be your best and to try different things, she treats everyone the same, and has helped me so much with my confidence and to achieve what I have and without her support I don’t think I could have done it.  I owe her a lot.”

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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.

 


Teacher of the Year 2017 Finalist – Alison Barnes

Alison Barnes has made it to the final three for the dedications and inspiration she shows daily in her job in Beaumont College, a specialists college based in Barrow-in-Furness.

Alison Barnes is the lead person for a Specialists College based at Barrow Sixth Form, Barrow-in-Furness.   The college is for young people with disabilities from the ages of 18 plus.

Most young people with disabilities that leave education find it hard to either find paid work or a place that is more suited for their needs, Beaumont College has been running for 2 years and has made a big difference to many young peoples lives in that they help them step into the wider community in meaningful work placements.

The young people all have their own independent member of staff to help them but rather than teaching young people in traditional classroom environment, they get them out in the community and also arrange work placements such as at Tesco and local farms.lba17_teacher_alison-barnes-resize-for-blog

Alison works with people with learning/physical disabilities and works incredible hard to make a person centred teaching approach which means the young people get to feel their worth in society, she gets to know every young person she works with and inspires them to reach high in life.  Alison helps to provide educational needs building students confidence, speech, numeracy, social interaction and help them build relationships with outside agencies and also facilitates activities with a whole range of local, regional and national organisations such as Sea View Riding Centre, Outdoor Education providers, physical activities, cooking, using Leonard Cheshire in Walneys accessible kitchen, to name just a few.

The hours Alison works are long but she shows total dedication to both the students and support workers,  is an advocate for helping fill the gap in activities for disabled teenagers and is friendly, warm, understanding, supporting and sees the potential in everyone.

Alisons collgues and parents of students say “She builds each students confidence and help them overcome the stigma of being disabled it is very hard for me to say how dedicated and inspirational Alison is, I feel you only have to meet this lady once and you would soon realise the passion, care and without doubt 100 percent commitment to making a difference to these young peoples lives.”

 

 

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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.

 

 

 


Carer of the Year 2017 Finalist – Amanda Bland

Mandy Bland is in the final for the care she provides to her autistic son as well as the wider autistic community providing support through her company, A Stitch Different.

Mandy not only cares for her autistic son she set up & runs A Stitch Different, A Community Interest Company, which makes therapy goods for disabled children.

lba17_carer_amanda-bland-resize-for-blogMandy helps to raise money for charities and recently organised a variety night to raise money and Autism Awareness. Following that she organised a massive balloon launch with entertainment for the kids, and taken part in the Rough Runner obstacle course to raise more money for Leonard Cheshire Youth group.

She also works part time at Stollers Furniture World, she says that’s her respite & break. Everyone she meets  benefits from her enthusiasm & commitment to the disability community.

Mandy, through A Stitch Different also tutors a young disabled lady and teaches her to sew, using special equipment donated through her company.

People who know her say “She’s just so kind, selfless & extremely generous with her time nothing is ever too much trouble.”

 

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Carer of the Year 2017 Finalist – Sophie Hotchkiss

Sophie Hotchkiss is in the finals for the care and attention she gives to her mum as well as holding down a full time job.

Sophie Hotchkiss cares for her mum daily whilst holding down a full time job at Furness General Hospital as a clinical support worker. Sophies mum is in a wheelchair and also suffers from Epilepsy.

lba17_carer_sophie-hotchkiss-resize-for-blogOn her days off and after work,  Sophie assists her mum with showering, does housework and keeps the garden tidy.  She will take her mum out in her wheelchair, shopping.

She helps with medication and also recognise if her mum is having a bad day, also organising with the family any appointments her mum needs to go to or to make sure there is someone else there to care for her when she is on a shift at work.
From a young age, Sophie always knew how to help her mum, she knew what to do and who’s family and doctors phone numbers were which buttons to press and if her mum couldn’t get upstairs she would get the spare pillows and blankets out to make a bed downstairs for them both in case her mum needed any help.

Sophie was born with a finger missing on her right hard due to the medication her mum was taking for her epilepsy, she has had a few operations with plastic surgery  to improve the use of her hand as she is right handed, she has also had 9 operations on her ears to help her hearing, she still sees theses consultants.

Sophies mum says “I cannot express enough how proud I am of Sophie as well as eternally grateful for all her help especially since my health and mobility deteriorated in the last 3 years”

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Sports Volunteer of the Year 2017 Finalist – Mark Ralph

Mark Ralph made it into the finals of the dedication and effort he puts into running the Barrow Ameteur Swimming Club.

Mark Ralph got involved with the BASC when his daughter joined several years ago. As well as running his own successful business and has worked tirelessly over the last 4 years to sustain and develop the club.

Young people of the Barrow Borough and Furness Area aged from 6 to 20+ attend the club which is over 150 years old!

lba17_sptsvol_mark-ralph-resize-for-blogThe club provides a structured ASA and Swim 21 Kite marked approved swimming development programme and is an opportunity for all the schools to help support the development of Duke of Edinburgh Award Students.

Mark helps to raise funds for vital training equipment, maintained all club electronic timing equipment, introduced computer based finance management systems, developed a wide range of swimmer performance exports, established and maintains the club website, produces the clubs event team sheets, organises 8 x club championships, gives up his time judging at local events, supports other local clubs and develops other ,local club judges, organises session coach Roma’s, organises club transportation for meets, organises the annual club awards night and the engraving of many trophies, has introduced certificates and medals for the young developing swimmers in recognition for their efforts.
On top of all that he created and manages the clubs website.

Parents of the children of the club say “He is approachable, very resourceful, igneous, will always do whatever he can to help others.”

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One free vote may be made online by visiting www.lovebarrowawards.co.uk/peopleschoice

Voting closes at 6.00pm on the Sunday 19th February 2017. Any votes received after then may be charged but will not be counted.

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