Robin has his drive back thanks to an Aspire Award
Published by Anonymous for The Guinness Partnership in Housing and also in Communities
Hackney resident, Robin Williams, with his Aspire Award
Former drug addict, Robin Williams, is looking to get his life back on the road and fulfil his continuing ambition of being a long-haul truck driver, when he completes an LGV (Large Goods Vehicle) qualification, thanks to a grant from his 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.
Speaking at the Awards ceremony in London, Hackney resident Robin said: “I’m so happy to receive the Aspire Award and I’m so excited about finally getting to do something I’ve been interested in for such a long time. Drug-free now for three years, this feels like it’s my chance to settle down and get back into a regular routine in the world of work.”
“My last proper job was over 10 years ago, working as a van courier”, he continued. “Now I’m coming up to my 50th birthday, I’ll be able to get into a job I know I’ll enjoy, will enhance my freedom and one that will make me truly happy. When I applied, I never thought I’d be lucky enough to be given the Award, and I’m so chuffed that I have. I can’t thank Guinness enough for the support.”
Simon Dow, Chief Executive of The Guinness Partnership, said: “We are excited about the range of people we are hearing from, individuals who want to start a gym, go to college to study accountancy, open a nail bar or train to be a counsellor. Listening to all of their stories and hearing about all the things they dream of doing is never less than completely inspirational”
Award recipients were presented with their certificates and a trophy at a ceremony 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.