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Guinness Hermitage resident Ana receives an education grant through ‘Aspire Awards’


Published by Sharon Nash for The Guinness Partnership in Housing and also in Communities

Aspire Award winner Ana Menendez Copovi Aspire Award winner Ana Menendez Copovi

Local housing provider, The Guinness Partnership, has awarded a grant to a Cornwall resident, to help her pay for a First Aid course at her local college.

Ana Menendez Copovi, of Saltash Cornwall, has already completed the first stage of her First Aid qualification, and thanks to the grant received from her landlord, she can now go on to complete the second stage of her training and become one step closer to achieving her dream of becoming a qualified paramedic.

Ana said: “I couldn’t believe it when I found out I had won, it is still sinking in to be honest! This means so much to me, because I really want a career where I can help others. I can’t wait to get started on the course”.

This year, The Guinness Partnership 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.

This years awards include a First Aid course, Early Years foundation course, creative writing, Business and IT, Counselling courses, Driving instructor training, 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.

Simon Dow, Chief Executive for The Guinness Partnership said: “The awards are all about creating successful communities, and for many people that’s about giving them a sense of purpose in life, an opportunity to work, an opportunity to train and an opportunity to give back to the community”.

Award recepients 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.


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