Top award for former teacher

Reactiv8 founder Michelle Crook with Steve Kendall of The Learning Partnership and Nick Barton, CEO of  Luton Airport
Reactiv8 founder Michelle Crook with Steve Kendall of The Learning Partnership and Nick Barton, CEO of Luton Airport

A former teacher who started a social enterprise dedicated to uplifting young people is celebrating winning a Tutor of the Year award.

Reactiv8 the Nation founder Michelle Crook, 40, received her Adult Learners Week Local Award at a presentation ceremony at the University of Bedford.

It followed a contract with Luton Borough Council to motivate and inspire 19 - 29-year-olds at risk of gang culture and lawlessness.

Michelle said: “It’s great to know that the the good work we’re doing within Luton and across Bedfordshire is being recognised.

“Reactiv8 has helped around 60 young people on this particular contract and the award has put us on the map, so to speak.

“Our programmes are designed to encourage engagement and social inclusion for people of all ages.

They allow for confidence building, self-assessment, mentoring and employment support. Everyone can benefit, they really are life-changing.”

> For more information visit www.reactiv8.org.uk