Local apprentice wins national award

Posted on Tuesday 13th June 2017
Abbie Murphy Prize Winner

University student Abigail Murphy has been named ‘Apprentice of the Year’ at the Direct Work Forum’s 2017 annual awards in Coventry.

Abbie, 20, works for Bolton at Home and impressed the judges by how much she supports and inspires communities.

It is an even greater achievement when considering Abbie is still in the second year of a three year apprenticeship.

The former Thornleigh student set up the Harwood and Bradshaw Community Action Group a year ago and it now has up to 30 members. She has also been key to the success of the Men in sheds project in Harwood, which uses woodwork projects to improve mental wellbeing and tackle social isolation among men.

Working out of the Tonge Moor UCAN Centre, Abbie helps residents get the support they need including help into training and employment.

As well as studying for a degree in youth and community studies, Abbie also spends time supporting local people affected by mental health issues and young mums.

Abbie said: ‘I never saw myself doing all these things two years ago but I have always been a people person. I just want to do what I can to help others and keep learning. I feel well supported, have gained in confidence and like a challenge. This award was a bit of a shock but a nice surprise.’

The Direct Works Forum is a representative body for housing associations and registered social landlords.