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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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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Community Focused Business of the Year 2017 Finalist – Lake District Farmers

Lake District Farmers have been made it to the finals for the generosity of the team in their donations to local charities and their continue efforts to fundraise in the local area.

Lake District Farmers supply premium quality, breed specific meat products, direct to fine dining establishments throughout the UK, providing customers with the full supply chain history, whilst supporting the Farmers and their local community within the Lake District and surrounding areas.

lba17_cfb_lake-district-farmers_dan-austin-resize-for-blogThe company is run with a team that includes Daniel Austin.  The team at Lake District Farmers decided that they would like to make sure they gave back to the communities that they live, work and raise their families in and in memory of the founder of the company, set up the Ray Armstrong Foundation.  So, every month the company donates money to a chosen local charity in the area. The charities and people are suggested by the staff and then with the whole team together, they decide on who will benefit that month.  Daniel says “…it is a difficult meeting as there are so many great deserving charities, groups and people out there, some of the stories have me and the team in tears…”

Despite having their own setbacks over the past few years, of fires and landslides destroying the premises, the spirit of the team has never wavered and they just get up and give it another go, making sure that the business thrives so it can continue to make a difference in so many local people’s lives.

As well as the donations, the team are always looking after people who need help and will individually fundraise for the Ray Armstrong charity so that local people can benefit.  Although the team are very busy with the business, they are never too busy to help including one year where Daniel dressed up as a Santa Elf and gave chocolates to the residents at Ostely house.

People who have benefited from the kindness of Daniel and his team say “Dan and the team are just brilliant, their donation made such a huge difference to my sons life, its so nice to see him smile when he plays on the play area that was provided for us by Dan and his team, an amazing company and amazing people. “

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Teacher of the Year 2017 Finalist – Laura Godbold

Laura Godbold of Laurus Consultancy has made it to the final three in the teacher category for helping under privilege children in the furness area who are struggling in school and education and also helping children with special needs who are deemed as “unteachable”.

Laura Godbold decided to set up her own consultancy to work with children and young people who may be experiencing issues at home, learning difficulties and those that don’t fit into the mould of mainstream education. She helps autistic and vulnerable children and always succeeds in getting them through exams and other difficult times as well as helping children and teenagers with confidence issues and self-belief.

Laura has helped her students gain confidence and independence and helped them work towards qualifications.  She works with young people with severe dyslexia and all the parents havelba17_teacher_laura-godbold-resize-for-blog commented on the difference that she has made to their children’s life.

Laura will go above and beyond just teaching to be able to work with her students.  What makes her different is that she places no focus on learning difficulties, special needs or barriers she will just push and get her students to be the best they can be, the change in her students is incredible.

She is an advocate for young people experiencing domestic violence and runs free anti bullying workshops around Cumbria, to raise awareness and so young people can come for advice. She also has been raising money for De Paul Nightstop for homeless teens and is developing confidence courses for younger children and teenagers,

Her students parents say “There is no limit to how far laura will go to get the best out of each individual including supporting charities/organising charity events and the hours she puts in to her teaching.”

 

 

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