Gill Tollitt Wins ERSA’s ‘Frontline Advisor of the Year 2020’ Award

VOLA’s Stu McGrory said “When our team first discussed the award categories, there was an overwhelming consensus that we should nominate Gill Tollitt for this particular award.  We have some fantastic tutors working on the project, all doing amazing work, but Gill stands out! Gill does exceptional work that is creative, flexible and innovative, but most importantly, she consistently goes the extra mile.”

Gill is a tutor at WEA, a partner in our Include-IT Mersey project. WEA Manager Graham Barker said

“Gill was successful in securing the position of tutor on our project and very quickly became integral in the project team.  She brought a flare to the role in her organisational skills, understanding of what we are trying to achieve and her empathy for the people we are trying to help. Gill has the knack of understanding what people need, not just in developing their IT and employability skills, but all of the background things that people need to get on in life.”

Quotes from Gill’s learners include:

“Since starting the course my life has gone so fast-paced into a better lifestyle, I couldn’t have done it without Gill’s help and support. I have better confidence, a better life and am not looking back. Two years ago I lost everything and turned to alcohol and drugs. I’ve come so far and I am so grateful for Gill’s support.”

“There was a relaxed, safe, fun environment and you learn best when you’re relaxed and enjoying yourself.  I found the course informative in a relaxed atmosphere.  It gave me the permission to widen my horizons and think bigger.  Gill was incredibly welcoming and inspiring, encouraging me to think ‘outside the box’ and that all my goals are achievable.”

To date, Gill has supported 175 digitally excluded people to gain IT and employment skills and move on in life in a more positive direction.  What makes Gill stand out above the rest is her ‘over and above’, or her ‘extra mile’! Gill’s learners leave with motivation, passion and a zest for life they didn’t have before.

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