Raising aspirations (RISE)
Inspirational individuals across South Derbyshire have been recognised for achieving their goals and helping others realise their potential.
The first Raising Aspirations (RISE) awards, at Oakland Village in Swadlincote, celebrated those who have gone above and beyond to overcome personal challenges and accomplish their goals.
Five worthy winners received awards:
RISE Recognised Award – Callum Hull
Callum previously struggled with socialising and mixing with people. The 15-year-old has overcome these barriers to become a valued member of the Dreamscheme – a South Derbyshire District Council led initiative which runs projects to benefit the local community.
RISE Inspired Award – Lauren Taylor
Lauren has a ‘relentless passion’ for helping students at William Allitt School, in Newhall, to achieve their dreams. Through a bespoke training programme, the 24-year-old has helped pupils to gain work experience with an MP, meet with a professional photographer and successfully apply to the Rolls Royce apprentice scheme.
RISE Succeed Award - Victoria Crutchley
Victoria has been recognised for her dedication since joining the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) Foundation course. The William Allitt student helps her peers when they need support and guidance. The 17-year-old is described as a ‘true asset’ and a ‘prime example as to what can be achieved through hard work and commitment’.
RISE Enrichment Award – Vivien Sharples
Having an older sibling with special needs taught Vivien at an early stage the importance of caring for others. It is these values that have driven her on to help countless young people on their journey to adulthood as the head teacher at The Pingle Academy, in Swadlincote.
RISE Award – Lance Booth
Lance has dedicated the past 30 years of his life to helping and inspiring others, selflessly giving up his own time to offer countless opportunities and adventures to Beavers, Cubs and Scouts in the 1st St Stephens of Woodville.
Here's a video from the night.