Our North Wales Sugarcraft tutor, Alison Curtis is nominated for the Inspire! Tutor Awards! | Adult Learning Wales

Our North Wales Sugarcraft tutor, Alison Curtis is nominated for the Inspire! Tutor Awards!

1-February-2023
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Our tutor Alison Curtis who delivers sugarcraft courses in community settings in Flintshire and Wrexham has been nominated for the Inspire! Tutor 2023 Award. Alison embeds confidence building and developing self-esteem, employability, digital skills and entrepreneurship within her sugarcraft courses. Alison has empowered many learners to start their own cake decorating businesses. Others have continued on different courses or enrolled at university.

We have received great feedback from her learners, including the following;-

“Thank you for being a truly inspirational teacher.  I enjoy every minute of your class, as well as your marvellous sense of humour.  Thank you for guiding me, inspiring me and encouraging me to develop my cake decorating skills and giving me an insight on how to set up a cake decorating business of my own.  I want you to know that you are an inspiration to us all and the best at what you do.” Natalie Jones

“Alison encourages her students and will work individually with you if you are unsure. Since joining the class, I have gained the confidence to create several celebration cakes for family and friends. Alison’s work justly deserves to be recognised.” Lynne Ingman

“Alison is a superb teacher; she inspires students to challenge their creative ideas and pushes them to achieve a very high standard of work. She is supportive of students who have their own creative ideas and encourages an individual approach to their own work.” Elaine Liptrot

“Alison is an excellent tutor. She encourages her students to push themselves and create work they didn’t think they could possibly do.  She also supports learners putting forward their own ideas in projects. After seeing my work, a friend joined our group!” Elizabeth Evans

Our tutor Alison Curtis says, “I often recall my own learning experience to encourage others.  A few years ago, a friend taught me how to make sugar flowers and I was hooked so, I decided to enrol on a night class. When enrolling for the first-time, I was very apprehensive and lacking in confidence. After completing courses, and lots of practical work, I started my own cake decorating business ‘Something Special Cakes’ several years later.

I have met so many lovely, interesting people who have come to my classes.  They enrol for many varied reasons from learning a new skill, making cakes for family and friends, meeting new people and making new friendship groups. A lot of learner feedback suggests the groups help with supporting mental health and self-esteem, many embarking on a new career developing a cake decorating business from home, as I did after enrolling at night class.”

Further learner feedback include:-

“You have given me confidence to discover skills I didn’t know I had.” Jeanette Baker

“Alison is cheerful, friendly and informative.  She has amazing skills as a sugarcraft teacher, we are in awe of Alison. She pushes us when we doubt that we can do something and we end up with a piece of sugarcraft that we never thought possible!  Going to sugarcraft weekly has helped my mental health and self-esteem, that’s all down to Alison.” Deborah Turner

Examples of Alison’s learner’s work include:

Peony flower by Amy Coloured

Roses, leaves, Stargazer lily, Chinese jasmine with Eucalyptus leaves by Elaine Summer

Floral bouquets made for a wedding cake by Jayne