Media Savvy wins 'Provider of the Year'

22nd February 2017 Date of publication

Sunderland based social enterprise Media Savvy CIC has been crowned as ‘Provider of the Year’ at Sunderland Council's Family, Adult and Community Learning Awards.

The event celebrated the work of local individuals engaged in community learning. These consist largely from marginalised groups, with an aim to boost their confidence and social skills, along with gaining them a nationally recognised qualification.  The event featured fifteen different awards with Media Savvy, the not-for-profit, established in 2010, picking up three wins and one Runner-Up, including ‘Provider of the Year 2017’.

Pictured from left to right: Dan Makaveli - MD, Media Savvy; Mel Makaveli - Lead Health Tutor, Media Savvy; Cllr C Gofton, Portfolio Holder for Responsive Services and Customer Care, Sunderland Council; Lisa Miller - Lead Creative Tutor & Designer, Media Savvy.

Media Savvy’s Managing Director Dan Makaveli, said:

“We are all absolutely delighted with our success in these awards. We are very happy to have been named Provider of the Year, being specifically recognised for our innovative approaches to learning and the many examples of added value we offer, such as our annual exhibition. However, we are even more delighted that our learners have again been recognised for their achievements, as they were last year.”

 Pictured from left to right: Lisa Miller, Media Savvy; Judith Marshall - ex-Media Savvy learner, now Volunteer; Cllr C GoftonSunderland Council.

Pictured from left to right: Colin Taylor - ex-Media Savvy learner, now Volunteer; Cllr C GoftonSunderland Council.

Multi-award winning social enterprise Media Savvy CIC is committed to inspire hard-to-reach individuals through using non-traditional learning methods and a highly successful learning by stealth approach. The primary aims of their courses are to improve the both physical and mental well-being and the employability prospects of the participants, many of whom who are facing multiple barriers to gaining meaningful and sustainable employment. Beneficiary groups include; offenders, mental health service users, learning difficulty groups and long-term unemployed.

Sunderland Council’s Family, Adult and Community Learning Managing Karen Alexander said:

“Their tutors are more than just tutors; they are cornerstones of the organisation and mentors to their learners, allowing this provider to engage and succeed with some of our city’s hardest-to-reach individuals … They impressed Ofsted during our last inspection with their quality and ethos. Their courses with Probation Service learners have been seen to save Government funding in the long term, as participants are less likely to re-offend.”

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