Certitude recognises and celebrates staff achievement: The Excellence Awards 2014

Winner of the Michael Rosen Award
Lucy Harrison, winner of the Michael Rosen Award

Almost 150 people from across Certitude attended a glittering awards ceremony at Lord’s Cricket Ground on 13th November to share in the achievements of colleagues, taking the opportunity to say how much we value and appreciate one another.

The awards, now in their fourth year, were set up in recognition of a former Chair of Support for Living, Michael Rosen. After Michael’s death in 2008 Certitude felt the Awards, and in particular, the Michael Rosen Award, were a fitting way to honour Michael’s memory and celebrate the exceptional staff who work for Certitude. Aisling Duffy, Certitude’s CEO, hosted the event, which recognised the often unsung achievements of staff in enabling people with learning disabilities and mental health needs to overcome barriers, build healthy relationships, communicate in meaningful ways, and get the support they need to achieve a good life.

The Awards are now an annual occasion where we recognise and celebrate the individuals and teams who go that extra mile. People who are such an inspiration and make us all feel very proud to be part of Certitude.

Our winners were chosen by a judging panel consisting of Board members, Michael’s wife Sheila Rosen and Certitude’s Leadership Team members. The panel were thoroughly impressed by all the nomination and yet again had a tough decision choosing the final winners!

This year, we increased the number of award categories to recognise even more people than ever before, and we’re delighted to reveal those who won, plus films of the winners, with staff talking about why they felt their colleagues should deserve recognition:

Best Colleague Award:

This award is for those colleagues whose work is admired, respected and at times loved!

Winner: MARGARET (MAGGIE) GALLIVAN  Maggies film

Runners up: RACHEL ADIS and LINCOLN RAMCHARAN

Hewitsons Best Volunteer Award:

Making a difference to people’s lives through the giving of their time, talents and experience.

Winner: SANDRA JOSEPH  Sandra’s film

Runner up: DELROY LEWIS

Making a Difference Award:

This award is about making an on-going and positive difference to the lives of people we support.

Winner: KEVIN EDWARDS Kevin’s film

Runner up: 19 HAYMILL CLOSE TEAM

The Change Maker Award:

Nominees for this award have transformed peoples lives by finding solutions, overcoming barriers and not giving up. The standard was so high that we have two winners for this award.

Winner 1: 182 CROFTON ROAD TEAM

182 Crofton Road’s film

Winner 2: HARROW OUTREACH TEAM

Harrow Outreach film

THE MICHAEL ROSEN AWARD:

This award recognises the outstanding contribution of a person or team in making a significant difference to the lives of people we support.

Winner: LUCY HARRISON

Lucy’s film

We heartily congratulate all our winners and runners up! Find out who won our previous awards here