RHACC wins Charity of the Year at the Richmond Chamber Business Awards

Richmond and Hillcroft Adult and Community College (RHACC) was named Charity of the year at the Richmond Chamber Business Awards 2021 last week. The award recognised the speedy response RHACC made during the pandemic and its significant contribution to community learning in the Borough.

This year’s awards focussed on the response to the pandemic, and RHACC was highlighted for its agile response to the national lockdown in 2020. It moved quickly to train its staff in remote delivery, which allowed over 60% of its programmes to continue online. RHACC provided free online courses to help learners navigate new technology such as Teams and Zoom so they could join their lessons. Staff were also trained in the technology so they could deliver remotely or even live stream from the classrooms. With a near empty buildings – RHACC found ways to bring vulnerable learners onsite utilising Covid safe precautions, allowing adults with learning difficulties and disabilities to continue to connect with their tutors and classmates safely. It also handed its residential accommodation over to the Metropolitan Police during the lockdown so they could continue their vital work while keeping their families safe.

RHACC Principal Gabrielle Flint was pleased the College’s great efforts were acknowledged through this award and commented: “Last year was a major challenge to everyone. But we know how much our learners value, not only their studies and the opportunities their courses might bring, but the social engagement with their tutors and classmates. To have this removed from their lives would have been devastating for many. While there was an adjustment to online learning – the feedback from learners was inspiring. I am proud that my team put so much effort into keeping learners learning – it is testament to everything RHACC stands for.”

The award was presented to the Director of Business Studies Porlyin Rhoden at the event held last week which was organised by the Richmond Chamber of Commerce. Ms Flint continued: “Our work with the Chamber and the incredible businesses and organisations in Richmond is vital to the continued improvement in opportunity for our community. We are proud of our associations and look forward to building stronger relationships with fellow nominees and award winners in the future. Congratulations to everyone involved.”

To find out more about courses, events and initiatives at RHACC visit rhacc.ac.uk.