AONTAS STAR Awards Winners 2017

The STAR Awards (Showcasing Teamwork, Awarding Recognition) are an awards initiative coordinated by AONTAS as part of the annual Adult Learners' Festival to acknowledge the fantastic work undertaken by adult learning initiatives throughout Ireland. The awards celebrate the positive contribution that these initiatives make to individual adult learners, local communities and wider society.

The winners of the AONTAS STAR Awards 2017 were announced at the STAR Awards ceremony on Monday 6th March in the National Concert Hall, Dublin: 

Winner of Adult Learning Initiatives that Promote Wellbeing

  • Large Organisation - Mentor Support for Cancer Patients and their Families

Mentor Support for Cancer Patients and Their Families’ is a six-week training programme, accredited by Open College Network. Aimed at previous cancer patients, and those who are or have cared for someone with a cancer diagnosis, the course ensures that mentors who provide support to cancer patients and their families have the necessary skills and abilities to share their experiences in a meaningful way.

group of peer mentors

  • Small & Medium Organisation - The Horticultural Local Training Initiative (LTI)

The Horticultural Local Training Initiative, based in the Bessborough Centre, Blackrock, Cork is a community-based horticulture training programme which supports socially disadvantaged adults develop their personal wellbeing using nature.


Winner of Adult Learning Initiatives that Promote Social Inclusion

  • Large Organisation - The EPIC Programme

The EPIC Programme supports people from immigrant backgrounds including refugees to help them integrate into Irish society by finding employment or further training.


  • Small & Medium Organisation - Irish Men's Shed Association

The Irish Men’s Shed Association promotes learning across the country. It gives men an opportunity to learn new skills and has encouraged others to take up adult learning courses in a range of subjects.


Winner of Adult Learning Initiatives that Promote Digital Inclusion

  • Supporting Communities Digital Inclusion Project

Supporting Communities Digital Inclusion Project, part of the GO ON NI initiative, delivers free digital training in local community centres in Northern Ireland. The training is bespoke, and on completion, participants become ‘Digital Champions’ and go on and further support their own communities to improve their digital skills.


Winner of Adult Learning Initiatives that Promote The Learner Voice

  • SAOL's Fashion Show

SAOL works with women from Dublin’s North Inner City at all various stages of addiction recovery.