COMMUNITY groups and opportunities for learning in Hucknall came under the spotlight during a special showcase and awards ceremony.
The event was laid on at the Butlers Hill and Broomhill SureStart children’s centre on Broomhill Road.
Dozens of local families got involved in an attraction that could become an annual event.
Prizes were presented to inspirational organisations and individuals, while there were free workshops, including one demonstrating circus skills, such as juggling and plate-spinning.
But the main aim was to provide a platform to show off a variety of courses that are available in the town to help adults access education, get a job and provide for their families.
Organisations on hand included New College Nottingham (ncn), which runs Hucknall College, careers advice-service Connexions, Notts County Council’s adult community learning service (ACLS) and JobCentre Plus.
Learning opportunities showcased included massage courses, GCSEs, sessions on how to work with your children in line with the national curriculum and even a course on how to create fancy-dress costumes for your youngsters from basic household items.
Awards handed out were — outstanding learner, Lisa Harper; most pleasing new venture, Ricky Merrick (launched a zumba exercise class); outstanding funding group, Fun Factor; outstanding community group, Friday Tots; outstanding support to local childminders, Vicky Gill; and a special prize to Amanda Waring, who runs a mums’ business club to help budding entrepreneurs.
Michelle Squires, a community development worker at the children’s centre, said: “We are pleased with how things went. It was a very good response.
“We have some inspiring stories of people who started a course and flourished from there.
“One woman started a basic course, went on to college and is now looking to complete GCSE exams she missed out on when she was younger. Her husband did the same and is looking to qualify as a teaching assistant.”