Former offender Tara Price has received a prestigious award for her commitment to turning her life around.
Tara, 37, of Llanelli, said she was ‘overwhelmed’ after picking up the Adult Learning Wales Margaret Jones Award from Minister for Lifelong Learning Alun Davies AM at the Senedd.
By her own admission, Tara has overcome many challenges over the years since being caught up in an incident in 2005 which resulted in severe burns, anxiety, depression and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
As part of a court order in 2012, Tara completed her first learning programme with the organisation now known as Wales Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC), which is operated by Working Links.
Following this, Tara continued with her adult education while still battling personal challenges. Having picked up skills and qualifications, she now volunteers with Wales CRC’s Ail Gyfle upcycling project in Llanelli with a view to a permanent paid position.
Tara is now ready to gain the Award in Education and Training (AET) qualification to enable her to teach others. She said: “I’m honoured to receive this award and quite overwhelmed.”
Tara’s Probation Services Officer, Sian Waters, said: “Tara’s attitude and the change in her behaviour and her ability to be a role model is plain for all to see. She is now open to change and spends time nurturing others and encouraging them in the way she was supported. She is an inspiration.
“She has come through the system that she now supports. Her newly qualified skills are put into use in Ail Gyfle and the Level 3 AET will enable her to deliver courses to those within the criminal justice system who attend Ail Gyfle – facilitating others to make the changes needed in their lives. Tara is living proof that the system works and is a shining light in the organisation.”
Tara has also seen improvements in other areas of her life. She now has the support of family where her relationship with them is much better. And where she recalls how dysfunctional she once was, Tara now proudly proclaims that ‘people can change’ where her son now sees ‘a better side to his mother’.
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