Inspirational individuals across South Derbyshire have been recognised for achieving their goals and helping others realise their potential. The first Raising Aspirations (RISE) awards, at Oakland Village in Swadlincote, celebrated those who have gone above and beyond to overcome personal challenges and accomplish their goals.
The RISE Inspired Award went to our very own Lauren Taylor who was recognised for her ‘relentless passion’ for helping students at William Allitt School, in Newhall, to achieve their dreams. Through a bespoke training programme, the 24-year-old has helped pupils to gain work experience with an MP, meet with a professional photographer and successfully apply to the Rolls Royce apprentice scheme.
Martyn Ford, Leader of South Derbyshire District Council, which has developed RISE in partnership with Derbyshire County Council, said: “The RISE awards are designed to celebrate the achievements of unsung heroes within our schools, communities and businesses. It’s incredibly moving and inspiring to see the commitment and drive that the winners and runners up have shown to grow personally or help others. Each and every one of them should be proud of their achievements and the positive impact they are having. They are a credit to themselves and South Derbyshire.”
Further information on RISE and how to get involved can be found at www.south-derbys.gov.uk