Issued with photo: Gizelle Stacey and Belinda from TFW, shortlisted for The People's Award
Staff from Regard – the UK’s fourth largest private provider of supported living and residential services for people with learning disabilities, mental health needs and acquired brain injury – are anticipating with excitement an awards evening in Birmingham on 14 July which they will be attending as finalists in five different categories.
The National Learning Disabilities Awards celebrate excellence in the support for people with learning disabilities and aim to pay tribute to individuals and organisations who excel in providing quality care.
The Regard Group itself is up for ‘The Employer Award’, having satisfied judges that they are an ‘exceptional employer…committed to their employees delivering an excellent service to their customers, people with learning disabilities or people with autism and their families.’
The highly-coveted ‘People’s Award’ which celebrates individuals or organisations who offer exceptional encouragement and support ‘for individuals with learning disabilities and or autism in providing support services and or personal development and inclusion,’ has on its shortlist Regard’s Town Farm Workshop in Sixpenny Handley, Dorset, where 31 adults with learning disabilities collaborate on numerous projects, united in their pursuit of positive outcomes for themselves and the enterprise.
Service Manager Stephanie Duncan (Arrowe Hall, The Wirral) - nominated for her ‘high level of expertise, exceptional skills in leadership and management, great support for colleagues and positive commitment to person-centred support’ - has beaten off strong competition to achieve inclusion in the shortlist for ‘The Manager Award.’
Meanwhile Rachel Turner (Gordon Avenue, Camberley) who was nominated because of her good humour, dedication, great team-working and the dignity and respect she affords to those she supports, has also been named as a finalist in her category: ‘Support Worker Award.’
And finally Regard’s specialist Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) Service has been shortlisted for a new award which will recognise best practice in PBS, the overriding goal of which is to enhance quality of life for individuals and their support providers.
Sandie Foxall-Smith, Regard’s CEO, said: “It is so lovely when the hard work we all put in receives objective recognition like this from fellow care industry professionals.
“Just being included in so many shortlists makes us feel like winners already, but obviously we’re all hoping very much that at least some of these translate into outright winners when the results are announced on the awards evening.”
Regard cares for more than 1,100 people, with a dedicated staff of over 2,200 people working at 149 locations throughout the UK.
Further information is available from www.regard.co.uk.