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Awards for SupportWorks stars


Published by Kathy Burke for Yorkshire Housing in Care and Support and also in Communities, Education, Health, Housing

People's Forum award winners People's Forum award winners

Yorkshire Housing held a glittering event to honour the achievements of its customers with learning disabilities, and the efforts of the staff that work for them. 

The People’s Forum Awards 2014 took place at south Asian arts centre Kala Sangam in Bradford. There was live music from The Outsiders, a ten person band whose members all have learning disabilities, a disco and a photobooth. Attendees were also treated to a delicious two course meal, provided by Yorkshire Housing’s FoodWorks, a social enterprise that offers employment and training opportunities to adults with learning disabilities.

Yorkshire Housing’s Head of Care and Support Naomi Atkinson said: “The People’s Forum Awards are a real highlight as they offer the chance to reflect on what our customers have achieved and to say a big thank you to staff who have gone the extra mile. It’s a really fun event where people can relax and enjoy themselves.”

The award categories are themed around Yorkshire Housing’s corporate values Respect, Reliability and Enthusiasm. 

The award winners were named as: 

Outstanding achievement: Shazad Nisir and Mathew Boyd.

Shazad and Mathew are staff with learning disabilities, who have both started NVQs this year.  

Respect – customer: Paul Wyatt. 

Paul has improved his skills to become more independent and better able to manage his health needs.  

Respect – staff: Linda Farrington. 

Linda always put customers first and goes the extra mile. 

 Reliability – customer: Steven Jowett. 

Steven has been coming to the service for over 15 years; he is always on-time, helpful and hardworking. 

Reliability – staff: Shabana Shazhad. 

Shabana is a support worker you can count on, consistent in delivering a high standard of care to customers. 

Enthusiasm – customer: Louise Crossly. 

Louise had a great year including developing some very creative arts and craft skills. 

Enthusiasm – staff: Lisa Elsden and Alison Hill. 

Lisa is highly valued by her team for her positive attitude. Alison is always keen to embrace new ways of working, for example helping two customers be involved in recruitment day.

Staff team of the year:  John Gaffney House. 

This is a large team that has risen to a variety of challenges over the last year. 

A special mention was given to David Johnson, a resident at Park View Road, who completed the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge to raise money for the Bradford Link Club. 

Yorkshire Housing offers a variety of services for adults with learning disabilities in West Yorkshire including LifeWorks, a community based service providing tailored support to compliment customer’s interests, FoodWorks a social enterprise offering food-based training and employment opportunities and SupportWorks, a range of houses and flats suitable for customers who need a variety of support. 



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