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Anchor House resident inspires others to learn during Adult Learners’ Week

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Anchor House resident inspires others to learn during Adult Learners’ Week

20th May 2011

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He’s working in his ‘ideal job’ and certificates ‘litter his walls’, but for Cameron, a resident of Anchor House, life has not always been like this.

As part of Adult Learners’ Week which runs from the 14 – 20 May, Cameron is motivating others to learn, hoping it will turn their lives around – like it did his.

“I was working 24-7 in my own painting and decorating business, working to pay the bills, working to survive, but then one day I fell 25ft off a ladder,” said Cameron.

“I snapped my AC ligaments in my leg. I couldn’t walk and couldn’t work.

After losing his rental place he became homeless, staying with friends for a while until finding refuge at Anchor House. It took Cameron two years before he could walk steadily again, but now he’s off and racing. Since being at Anchor House Cameron has completed courses in I.T, manual handling, fork-lift operations, small business and NVQs in English and Maths.

“I have a six month contract with the maintenance team and currently I am redecorating St Margaret’s Parish Centre next to Anchor House.”

Cameron’s next big challenge is starting up his own small business in painting and decorating within Anchor House and mentoring other residents.

Education at Anchor House is very much a part of our accredited vocational life skills courses. In November 2010, Anchor House was awarded four National Training awards by the UK Skills Council and our Head of Education and Employment was awarded UK trainer of the year.

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