Counsellor wins with lifelong learning
Iris Tinto, who studied part-time at the University’s Institute of Lifelong Learning, last week won an Adult Learners' Week regional award for the East Midlands.
As Iris raised two children, providing them with opportunities that she had missed as a child, it made her realise that she wanted to fulfil her potential through education. Experiences from her own life, a passion for helping others and a real desire to learn, led Iris to embark on a part-time BA (Hons) degree in Counselling at our Institute of Lifelong Learning in 2005. Although her self-belief and confidence was low at the beginning, Iris had a wealth of life experience from which to draw, which helped in her learning. Iris gained a first class degree, her research has been put forward for publication and she will formally graduate this year.
Iris now co-runs a counselling partnership, and is working towards formal accreditation. She is also running therapy groups for disadvantaged parents at a Sure Start centre, as well as helping others through mental health charity, Mind, and in collaboration with Age UK.
The Adult Learners’ Week Awards celebrate the achievements of outstanding adults that have transformed their lives through learning.