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National Learning Network Letterkenny Voted ‘Best Overall Service’ in National Awards

30 May 2014
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National Learning Network in Letterkenny, County Donegal has been named as the country’s ‘Best Overall Service’ at the National Service Users Executive (NSUE) annual awards. The award was presented yesterday by Colm Keaveney, TD, Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Disability, Mental Health, & Special Needs, at an event in St Patrick’s University Hospital. The centre, located in Rossview Business Park, Letterkenny, won the award having scored the highest mark in its category in NSUE’s annual national survey. Over 1000 people completed the survey which asked them to evaluate the mental health services that they receive. This is the second year running that the centre has won an award, having claimed title of ‘Best Training Centre’ last year.

 National Learning Network offer a range of rehabilitative and vocational training courses funded by the HSE and SOLAS, which allow people who need extra supports the opportunity to gain the qualifications and employment in a way and at a pace that suits their needs. National Learning Network in Donegal currently provides specialist & mainstream services for over two hundred students. Programmes with national & international accreditation from organisations such as City & Guilds, FETAC and ECDL are taught by instructors who tailor their teaching methods to the individual needs of students depending on the challenges that they face. In the past year, more than 90 per cent of students who completed programmes with National Learning Network at centres throughout the country have progressed to employment or further training and education.
The centre also provides the Transition Action Planning service (TAP) which is a free support service for young people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or with an intellectual disability with autistic tendencies to facilitate their transition from school or children’s services to educational, rehabilitation and vocational services.
Commenting on the award, Mura Herron, Area Manager, National Learning Network, said “We are absolutely delighted to have won the Best Overall Service award. As staff we are delighted that the people who use our services are so happy with what we do and that they recognise the high standards of training and education that we provide to them. We strive for excellence every day and this award is a great acknowledgement of that.”

For Further Information: Róisín Fitzgerald, National Learning Network. Tel 01 2057268/ 086 8101291