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Christine’s career-ready thanks to Aspire Award


Published by Anonymous for The Guinness Partnership in Housing and also in Communities

Surrey resident, Christine Wicks, with her Aspire Award Surrey resident, Christine Wicks, with her Aspire Award

Redhill resident, Christine Wicks, has spent the past four years training to be a psychodynamic counsellor and is now on the verge of qualifying for her dream job as a Relationship and Family Counsellor, thanks to another grant from her housing association

This year, The Guinness Partnership's Aspire Awards has committed over £60,000 to 54 customers, to help them back into work, to move up the career ladder or to gain new skills to help people in their community.

“I can’t begin to express how personal and necessary receiving this award is,” said Christine. “It’s enabled me to achieve something I’ve worked towards for the last 20 years. I’ve been out of work for so long and with so many hidden costs involved, there’s no way I could afford to do this course without this help.  It’s given me back my life because I thought at my age of 54 that I wouldn’t find a job, let alone a career.  Now that I’m only a few hours of coaching away from being qualified, I can see light at the end of the tunnel.”

Lady Amanda Ellingworth, Chair of The Guinness Partnership Board, said: “Christine was awarded some years ago at a point in her life when she was low on personal motivation, she was awarded an Aspire Award to help her study counselling and she is far down that route, and it’s a very long route. For her, part of the benefit of the award has been the mentoring and support that she has got from Guinness staff, this was as important to her as the financial award.”

Simon Dow, Chief Executive of The Guinness Partnership, said: “Christine is a good example of someone whose career got a bit stuck. She found herself out of work and she didn’t feel like she had the skills to re-join the workforce. We were able to give her the opportunity to gain new skills. But more importantly we actually backed her; we had confidence in her and thought she was worth investing in”

Award recipients were presented with their certificates and a trophy at a ceremony last week, hosted by Lady Amanda Ellingworth, Chair of The Guinness Partnership Board, and Guinness Hermitage Managing Director Robert Stronge, and were treated to lunch and an open-top bus tour around London.

Awards included a First Aid course, Early Years foundation course, creative writing, Business and IT, Counselling courses, an Accounting diploma, equipment to run boxing classes and Food Hygiene courses – to name but a few!

Over the last five years The Guinness Partnership has awarded 172 Aspire Awards and over £150,000 has been given in funding.

Christine’s Aspire video:


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