Adult Learners' Festival

AONTAS STAR Award Winners 2019

Adult Learning Initiatives that support Health and Wellbeing

Winner Large Organisation

Belfast Recovery College

Belfast Recovery College involves staff and peer educators joining in their learned and lived experience to provide a mental health and wellbeing educational programme.

Winner Small & Medium Organisation

Kickstart Your Way to a Healthier Lifestyle

The Kickstart programme enables men to gain practical skills and knowledge to make informed lifestyle choices. This community-based initiative encourages participation through an informal, social setting and covers topics including Cookery & Healthy Eating, Fitness & Exercise and Health Education workshops.

Adult Learning Initiatives that support Sustainable Employment
Sponsored by - The Open College Network Northern Ireland (OCNNI)

Winner Large Organisation

The WISE Project

Women's Integrated Skills & Employment (WISE) is a project based in Donegal that helps women back into employment, education or self-employment.

Winner Small & Medium Organisation

Career Paths for Dyslexia

Career Paths is a full-time course for Adults with Dyslexia, offering evidence-based literacy and assistive technology, and is the only one of its kind in Ireland.

Adult Learning Initiatives that support Social Inclusion
Sponsored by - The Open University in Ireland

Winner Large Organisation

Dublin Simon Community; Participation and Development Service

The Participation and Development Service at Dublin Simon Community is dedicated to improving wellbeing, self-esteem, socialisation and independence for adults experiencing homelessness.

Winner Small & Medium Organisation

Change Makers

Change Makers is a partnership between Inishowen Development Partnership, Donegal ETB and Self Help Africa that raises awareness and action around Development Education themes with adults in Donegal.

Adult Learning Initiatives that support Third Level Access and Engagement
Sponsored by - The Teachers' Union of Ireland

Winner Large Organisation

The Bessborough Centre - Adult Leaving Certificate

The Bessborough Centre in Mahon, Cork provides education to adults who experience difficulty accessing formal education due to disadvantage and challenging home circumstances.

Winner Small & Medium Organisation

Longford Women’s Link & IT Carlow Lifelong Learning Partnership

The LWL IT Carlow initiative supports access for learners in the Midlands Region to obtain a third level qualification. The initiative targets disadvantaged learners who face geographical and financial barriers to third level education and allows learners to attend evening and weekend classes at the LWL Women's Community Education Centre.

Adult Learning Initiative Special Recognition for a European Social Fund (ESF) Initiative
Sponsored by - the European Social Fund


One Family - New Futures Project

One Family's New Futures Programme supports and enables lone parents who are economically inactive to take advantage of training and development opportunities, while balancing their roles as parents.