Helping runs in the family as a brother and sister graduate on the same day, one in social work and the other learning disability nursing.
Marion Chidziya, 48, from Oldham graduated from the University of Cumbria (Tuesday 27 November) with an MA in Social Work.
Meanwhile her brother, Walter Tavaziva, 40 had also travelled to Carlisle Cathedral from Greater Manchester to receive his award, a BSc in Learning Disability Nursing.
Both moved to the UK from Zimbabwe 20 years ago and made their home in the north west of England.
Until now brother and sister worked in various healthcare and social support roles for children and the homeless and say it was an urge to help others that provided the main motivation for their studies.
Marion said: “I love children and supporting families. Seeing children thrive is my main aim and supporting parents to offer the best care for their children.”
Walter saw at first-hand in his previous job the difficulties people with learning disabilities faced and wanted to help.
He said: “From working as a support worker in hospitals, I saw the negative perceptions of people with learning disabilities. People don’t realise there is a broad spectrum of disabilities, 123 different syndromes which all present in different ways and requiring different approaches.
He added: “I want to educate people to be more aware of these differences.”
Now both have jobs in their respective fields. Marion is a social worker for Lancashire County Council and Walter is working for Greater Manchester Mental Health Trust.