DISC wins Community Hearts at awards ceremony

Wednesday 08th March 2017

A councillor has praised DISC after it won a prestigious award proving it was at the “Heart of the Community”

Durham County Councillor John Clare was one of the judges at Aycliffe Business Park’s “Make Your Mark” awards at which DISC won the Heart of the Community Category.

Councillor Clare, a former teacher at Greenfield School in the town, said: “As one of the judges, I was impressed by the depth and the sheer scale of the work DISC is doing with young people.

“And perhaps the most impressive thing of all was Lindsey Smith’s acceptance speech, in which her commitment and care were clear for all to see.

“I was proud to have taught such a caring person, and the young people are lucky to have such an advocate.”

The award celebrates excellence in corporate, social and ethical activity.

Lindsey Smith, Senior Team Leader, said: “It was a very proud moment when the award was announced. This was the first year we have entered the Make Your Mark awards, and to be shortlisted alongside some much larger organisations was an achievement in itself; to win was simply outstanding!

“The award is recognition of the hard work that the whole of the Education Services team do on a day to day basis, something that we are all very proud of and it’s fantastic to have this recognised by the local business community.”

Paul Townsley said: “Achieving the Heart of the Community Award is another affirmation of the excellent work undertaken by DISC and I congratulate everyone in the Education Services team.

“We’re currently speaking to several local businesses about how they can help us develop more work experience positions for our students, and we’d love to hear from any Ayclifffe business that may be interested in helping.”

For more information on the Education Service at DISC, please visit http://www.disc-vol.org.uk/services/employment-training-and-education/