Richard Hopkins, Chair of Friends Centre said:
‘All at Friends Centre are thrilled to receive the news of the well-deserved award of an MBE to Helen Osborne, the Principal, for her committed, good humoured and enduring service not only to Friends Centre but to Adult Education within Sussex and beyond.’
Helen has said:
“I am very honoured to be receiving an MBE and this honour represents all that we do here at Friends Centre. I am very lucky to have a supportive team and set of trustees to ensure we are able to help over 1,100 learners each year through our courses and more with those who receive support through our projects.
Whenever I showcase the work of FC I talk about our learner’s stories, because this really shows what adult education can do for everyone. From the female learner who was not allowed to continue to be educated in her own country because she was female, but now wants to study English here to improve herself to a learner who started on our Step by Step project and found Maths difficult who went on to achieve his Maths qualifications with us and gain employment. It is those stories that help me go out in my role across the city and wider and explain the need for adult education and organisations like Friends Centre.
I wouldn’t be able to do any of it though without the support of my friends and my family as well as the team here at FC. Guiding is also a big part of my life and I am so thankful to all those friends I have made through guiding that support me in all I do, they are like family to me. And I could not have done any of what I do without my parents. I’m sure my mum is looking down on me today, glowing with pride and I think my dad is still in shock though know he is very proud of me. My mum and dad through all the work and support they gave taught me to work hard and to fight for what was right and that is what we do here at Friends Centre.”
We’d like to offer Helen our sincerest congratulations for such an esteemed honour – though we think she truly deserves it for all her hard work! Well done to you, from all of us at Friends Centre!