Top award for deaf Dudley tutor

A deaf Dudley tutor who has made it his life’s work to help people other deaf people won a prestigious award at West Midlands Combined Authority Adult Learning Awards in Birmingham.

Ian Winfield who works for Dudley Council’s adult learning team, received the Inspirational Tutor of the Year award.

Born deaf, Ian has been using British Sign Language since his childhood and started work with the local authority more than 10 years ago to share knowledge and information about his disability.

The hardworking tutor, who lives in Wolverhampton, started out delivering deaf awareness courses to adult learners, council employees and organisations and quickly branched out to teaching British Sign Language.

Ian now also regularly works at The Queen Cross Network, where he helps other deaf people to gain skills and confidence to get into work. He has taught more than 600 people over the last three years. Ian said:

"I am so happy to win this award because I love teaching! I am also proud as it proves that, as a deaf person, I can have the career I enjoy, that I am good at and that allows me to be a positive role model for others."

Councillor Paul Bradley, deputy leader and cabinet member for communities and economic delivery, added: "We are delighted that Ian’s hard work and dedication has been recognised with this award.

"Ian is a hugely valued mentor and role model for people across the borough and his work is a true inspiration to everyone at Dudley Council. He has also played a key role in delivering Dudley Council’s equality strategy, working to represent, champion and support other employees who are deaf."


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