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Cariad award for pandemic support work


An educational support assistant at Coleg Sir Gâr has been nominated and awarded a college Cariad award by her colleagues, for dedication to entry level students during the pandemic.

Malissa Harlow works at the college’s Ammanford campus where entry level students with additional learning needs gain life skills and supported learning. 

She has taken on the role of IT support for parents, learners and staff and she’s has also assisted with welfare duties across the whole of the section.

Coleg Sir Gâr lecturer Ian Smith, said: “Malissa has worked in helping learners access Google Classrooms and Meets, including video chats with a learner who is hearing impaired and cannot use a phone or read very well.

“Her efforts have been key to some learners being able to access the meetings and staying in touch with us and friends.

"I really feel she deserves some recognition as all this has taken place online outside of the view of the normal college experience and some people aren't even aware of the magnitude of and positive effect of her actions.”

There have been multiple comments received from learners and parents, praising Malissa for her support, without which they wouldn't have been able to participate in their education and college life in general which is so important for their wellbeing.

Malissa was presented with her Cariad award online by faculty manager, Kim Goodwin.