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Jordan honoured at Outstanding Young Citizen Awards

Jordan was honoured at this year’s High Sheriff of Shropshire’s Outstanding Young Citizen Awards. The 16-year-old received the Borough of Telford & Wrekin shield, as well as the area’s senior winner’s trophy, from High Sheriff of Shropshire, Mandy Thorn.

Jordan, who is profoundly deaf, is on the Prince’s Trust programme which is designed to maximise young people’s chances of moving into employment, education or training.

He said: “Before I came to Telford College I didn’t enjoy my secondary education as much as I would like. Being profoundly deaf, my confidence in speaking and listening was very low.

“I was nervous on my first day in college, but when I given support in British Sign Language I could access all the curriculum had to offer.

“I am now feeling more confident within myself, talking in groups, contributing to lessons, making friends and on my learning journey.

“It is amazing, and I love it. I am so excited for my first year in art, and for where the rest of my learning journey will take me in my future.”

For the last 18 months Jordan has also been volunteering as ‘Mawley the Lawley Mole’, a community mascot who attends local events in support of local projects. He has attended community safety events, festive celebrations, summer festivals, and the King’s Coronation celebration.

He also teaches line dancing with his family at the Lawley Village Line Dance Club, encouraging people from his local area to meet new people, learn a new skills and have lots of fun.

Jonathan Abbott, one of Jordan’s Telford College tutors, added: “Jordan is embracing all aspects of college life, both academic and social, with such enthusiasm. He has made huge strides already in his confidence, joining clubs, becoming an independent learner, and is exploring opportunities for further study in art. We are so proud of his approach and attitude to learning in this new environment and can’t wait to see where his positive start in further education leads to.”



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