Glos Learning Disability Partnership Board Awards 2014

Posted on 01. Apr, 2014 by in Community, Featured, News

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On Monday 31st March 2014 Zara Humphreys and Jan Marriott of the Learning Disability Partnership Board in Gloucestershire announced at the Guild Hall, Gloucester the winners of the Awards 2014. Winners include Stroud’s Tammy Flook. Here’s the County Council press release:

Gloucestershire’s Learning Disability Partnership has held its first ever awards to thank people who have helped make a difference to the lives of people with a learning disability in the county.

At the Partnership Board’s Annual General Meeting on Monday 31st March 11 people received the first ever annual ‘Award for Outstanding Contribution to the lives of people with Learning Disabilities’.

The winners, which included a receptionist, bus driver, GP, outreach workers, social care staff and others, were nominated by those who had directly benefited from their help, advice or support.

The awards were the idea of Zara Humphrey, Co-Chair of the Learning Disability Partnership Board. Zara has a learning disability herself, and strongly felt that people making a difference to the lives of those with a learning disability in Gloucestershire need to be thanked and recognised. Little did Zara know that she would be a recipient herself of a surprise award in recognition of her drive, passion and energy which has helped get the Partnership Board where it is today. On receiving her award Zara said, “I am in shock. I wasn’t expecting an award. Thanks very much.”

Jan Marriott, Co-Chair of the Gloucestershire Learning Disability Partnership Board said, “Our winners may feel like they have just made a small change to the way they do things or that they are ‘just doing my job’. The reality is that they are making a big difference to the lives of people with learning disabilities in the county. The Partnership Board wants to make sure communities work together to make things better for people with a learning disability by making sure everybody is included, people can live as independently as possible and that they can make choices and decisions for themselves.”

“Our worthy award winners are leading the way in doing just that, and we wanted to take this opportunity to thank them. I wish we could give them all Oscars!”

Lucille Campbell is a Learning Disabilities Support Worker at GL Communities Phoenix Centre in Matson, Gloucester and received one of the first awards. Lucille’s nominator had this to say about her, “This is not a job for her; this is a way of life. You can see the passion, knowledge and experience she has when she is working. I think she deserves recognition for all hard work she does. She works 30 hours per week and then outreach work on top, of which many of those is volunteering.”

On receiving her award Lucille said, “I accept this award on behalf of GL Communities Phoenix Centre, who has given me the opportunity to do work I love with some lovely people. As part of my job I get to see people blossom and I feel very lucky that I am able to do the work that I do.”

Mike Doughty works as a support planner with Gloucestershire County Council’s Learning Disabilities Operations Team and recently helped a lady with learning disabilities plan her personal budget. The parents of Lynn shared their thanks on the difference Mike made. “Mike involved us throughout the whole process of our daughter’s support plan. It is important to us to be involved in our daughters plan, and although the care Lynn was receiving has changed, she is now enjoying a much fuller and happier life.

“Through Mike’s work allowing a co-produced plan to be created, our daughter is now enjoying new activities and is more independent. Mike is continuing to be extremely helpful and including Lynn and us, as necessary, to further improve her quality of life.”

On receiving his award Mike said, “To have recognition from the people who mean most to me – the people I help support – really means a lot. I am lucky to do work I enjoy with a great team.”

The winners each received a certificate from the Gloucestershire Learning Disability Partnership Board and a commemorative mug designed by Jack Smith at William Morris House, a specialist college offering further education, training and social therapy for young people with learning disabilities.

The full list of winners include Steve Kirkup (Gloucestershire County Council receptionist), Martin Gibbs (Forest of Dean GP), Simon Shorrick (Health Facilitator at 2gether NHS Trust), Tammy Flook (Co-Chair of Gloucestershire Voices Board of Directors), John Helligan (Stagecoach bus driver), Lucille Campbell (Inclusion outreach worker at the Phoenix Centre in Matson for GL Communities), Mark Owen (Editor of Punchline). Kirsten Smart (Enablement worker, Gloucestershire County Council Learning Disabilities Operations Team), The Future Clean Team (Employment project for people with Learning Disabilities), Forwards Group (Employment support work based at drop-in centres, run by PLUSS), Michael Doughty (Support Planner with Gloucestershire County Council Learning Disabilities Operations Team) and Ann Attwood (Parent carer supporting Learning Disability Partnership Board).

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