Royal Event

Greenwich Community Learning Champions Royal Event –   What an Honour! On 7th of July 2010 the Greenwich Community Learning Champions project and Volunteer Centre Greenwich had the prestigious honour of a Royal Visit by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal. VCG’s Community Learning Champions project was selected by the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE) for this visit thanks to it’s long track record and continual commitment to promoting lifelong learning in the borough of Greenwich. Her Royal Highness, who is the Patron of NIACE, visited Volunteer Centre Greenwich to recognise the successes of the project, which since its creation in 2001, has been replicated nationwide.

History of the project The Greenwich Community Learning Champions Project started in Greenwich as a pilot in 2001 in response to the Lifelong Learning national objective.  VCG took on the delivery of this project in January 2005 putting its volunteering best practice imprint on this successful model, working with volunteer champions to promote local learning.Since 2005, VCG has worked with NIACE to liaise with and support newly developed Community Learning Champion projects from Cheshire to Dorset.Ultimately, the success of the project is due to the hard work and devotion of our Community Learning Champions who volunteer their time to promote learning and help guide people in the community into learning opportunities.  The Royal Event was in their honour, acknowledging and congratulating our Champion Volunteers for their achievements. Sara Murrow – Community Learning Champions Development Worker“As the CLC Development Worker, this event was a joy to be involved in organising.  Being relatively new to this role, it was a perfect opportunity for me to get to know all our Champions well.  The Greenwich Community Learning Champions Project has the fortuity of having a healthy mix of devoted long-standing Champions and enthusiastic novice Champions, which allows growth through mentoring and drive with new inspiration.All Champions present at our Royal Event thanked me for such a wonderful day, which made the day for me personally.  I would like to thank all of our Champions as it was their achievements that brought this day to bear and it was their attendance that made the Royal Event so successful.  I would also like to thank NIACE for selecting the Greenwich Community Learning Champions Project for this prestigious occasion.

Michelle Martin, Chief Executive of VCG Without the dedication, commitment, and enthusiasm for learning that our volunteers demonstrate, this project would not be the success it is.  Its strength lies in the recruitment and retention of learning champions from diverse backgrounds throughout the Borough of Greenwich The Visit The day of the Royal Visit, all our Champions arrived with the excitement and sense of honour that this type of event warrants.

The day went very smoothly and was a credit to all involved.  Angela Willden, Nadine Hagen, Paul Roberts and Dorothy Ghanekar were our Champion speakers and did us proud, all explaining what being a CLC means to them. Our speakers described how they all helped empower others and in doing so have been empowered and progressed in their chosen direction.Our four Champion speakers and seven more Champions all then joined The Princess Royal for a private reception, each having a conversation with Her Royal Highness.

Grace Bater, Jacquline Danquah and Robert Ardern were thrilled to be meeting The Princess Royal and delighted to have spoken with her.   Khadra Magan, who comes from Somalia, had heard of Her Royal Highness’s connection with her country of origin and enjoyed talking with her about her home village.

Lisa Harmon and Spresa Dibrani were both slightly overwhelmed by the honour but The Princess Royal put them at their ease.  Angie Morgan felt it was a great honour to be selected to meet with Her Royal Highness.

All our Champions who spoke with The Princess Royal were delighted to have been selected to meet her and impressed with the amount of time she spent talking with each individual.

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