We held a fantastic Annual Staff Awards Ceremony on Friday evening at a hotel in London’s Kensington. I love this event as it really does highlight the amazing work that our staff do on a daily basis, with nominations made by staff, people we support, family members and external professionals.
This year we had over 400 nominations which is a record number in the 7 years we have been running these awards. A significant amount of these come from families whose nominations were often very moving and demonstrate their appreciation of an employee who has made such a difference to the quality of life of their family member.
What is also great is that staff are invited to this event knowing they are a finalist, but not knowing until the night, which of the 14 categories they have won in or whether they have a 1st, 2nd or 3rd position. Our Chairman, David Spruzen, handed out the personally engraved awards and everyone was treated to a 3 course meal and disco. It really was a great evening.
If you would like to see a list of all the categories and finalists, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
On a slightly less positive note, I’ve noticed occasionally on my visits to services recently a reduction in meaningful activity for the people we support. Michael Fullerton and I have therefore put together a ‘Social Inclusion Audit Tool’ which outlines 10 core activities which the people we support should be engaged in. These core activities are:
Regular use of community facilities
Promoting sport and physical health
Promoting emotional wellbeing
Maintaining contact with friends
Use of public transport
Involvement with clubs and societies
When I visit services each week I will be scoring them on a scale of 0 – 3 as to how well they are achieving social inclusion against each activity for the people they support.