Kilwinning Graduation 2019: Student of the Year - Care and Making a Difference in the Community
I now have the confidence and I have the qualifications to continue my learning journey to university which I never believed I could do.
Louise Kerr, HNC Social Services
I initially came to college to improve my chances of getting a job working within social services with people who have mental health and addiction problems.
I was nervous starting college as I didn’t consider myself academic and had struggled with dyslexia for many years. However, my experience at Ayrshire College has been fantastic. I had the best three years there. The help and encouragement I have received from Lecturers, Learning Resource Centre and Inclusive Learning staff has been brilliant.
My course was really varied, involving subjects such as how to understand and support challenging behaviour, sociological theories, codes of practice, to name a few. I am now equipped with the appropriate knowledge and skills to care for another person to a high standard and to help people overcome barriers.
During my course I took part in a work placement in a day centre which was fantastic as I got to apply the knowledge I had learned at college to a real work situation. I learned a lot from my placement, and it taught me to use a non-judgemental approach and to be confident in myself.
I feel so grateful to have won this award. To be noticed for my hard work is overwhelming.
Ayrshire College has made such a big difference to me. I now have the confidence and I have the qualifications to continue my learning journey to university which I never believed I could do.
I now know that I can achieve anything I want when I put my mind to it and put in the effort. I am now at university furthering my studies in order to have my dream job as a Mental Health Social Worker. I’m looking forward to putting everything I’ve learned into practice so that I can benefit other peoples’ lives too.