Celebrating annual staff awards and social inclusion audit tool

08 November 2016

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.

Staff awards web

If you would like to see a list of all the categories and finalists, please contact sue.pym@cmg.co.uk.

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:

Active Support
Employment
Regular use of community facilities
Independence training
Promoting sport and physical health
Promoting emotional wellbeing
Maintaining contact with friends
Sensory stimulation
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.

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