Nov

9

20th Anniversary Service User Award Winners


To celebrate our 20th Anniversary, we asked service users and staff to nominate service users who they thought deserved special recognition for their achievements. The winners, chosen by a panel of service users and staff are:

Community Champion Winner: Gerry Burke

Gerry is amazing! He organises service user meetings and activities; produces a regular newsletter for service users in East Lancs; helped develop a weekly gardening group; successfully applied for grants and raised thousands of pounds for gardening equipment and a summer house; participates in consultation meetings and committees; encourages and supports other service users to get involved; and is a member of Hyndburn Mental Health Accommodation Group and the Hyndburn Green Partnership Forum.

When Gerry first joined the project, he said that he likes to keep busy, something we can say he has definitely proved!


Runner Up – Bryan Fisher (Scunthorpe)
Healthy and Hearty Winner: Andrew Porter

Andrew was severely overweight, which was putting extra strain on all areas of his life.

He joined Weight Watchers in 2009 and has gone from almost 14 stone to 10 stone 6lbs and has maintained this weight for 6 months.

It is great to see a healthier and happier Andrew.


Runners Up – Peter Leek (Redcar) and Carol Emmerson (Middlesbrough)
Money Matters Winner: Michael Taylor

When we started supporting Michael 7 months ago he had lots of debts and was not paying any of his bills. He has worked with staff to build a relationship of trust and confidence so that he can receive the support he needs and wants.

Recently, when Michael received a bill, rather than ignoring it as he used to, he had the confidence to contact the company himself and even set up a payment plan and direct debit with no staff support. He has progressed so much in such a short time it is great.


Runners Up – Andrew Powell (Wolverhampton) and Stephen Early (Darlington)
Personal Achievement Winner: Kenny Dore

Kenny climbed Ben Nevis in April this year; an incredible personal achievement as the route can be dangerous and difficult even for regular mountain climbers. Kenny trained hard, completing many walking and camping trips before successfully taking on and reaching the top of Ben Nevis.

It was Kenny’s sheer determination that got him to the top, which also reflects his resilience and commitment to bettering himself and proving others wrong. He is amazing!


Runners Up – Cathy Dell (Manchester), Anna Collins (Manchester) and Joanne Gallon (Wallsend)
Safety Hero Winner: Simonside

The tenants at Simonside worked with advocacy to make a DVD on Hate Crime based on personal experiences. They embraced the opportunity and overcame issues around confidence, anxiety and self-esteem to produce a powerful and informative DVD, which will raise awareness and understanding of the many aspects of Disability Discrimination.

This was a great achievement and will also help other people.


Runners Up – All tenants at Beardall Court (Wallsend) and Kerry Hallsworth (Stockport)

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