Good luck to our six colleagues and teams who are finalists at this year’s National Learning Disability and Autism Awards, which will be presented at a gala dinner in Birmingham tomorrow.
Newcomer – Kelly Pateman, Leicester
Kelly’s colleagues said
“Kelly has been a breath of fresh air – always smiling and nothing too much trouble. At the team’s Christmas staff awards, the entire staff team voted for Kelly as their “staff member of the year”.
Kelly spends time thinking about how to make a difference to each person supported. She motivates, encourages and inspires her colleagues, is an excellent ambassador for MacIntyre and advocate for the people we support.
Making a Difference – the Warrington Memory Café Team
MacIntyre’s Memory Café in Warrington is run by people in addition to their MacIntyre day job who take the time to be innovative and creative to make a difference in their community. They are sensitive to the need for people to be able to come, relax and smile through what can be very difficult times. They run the group with creativity, energy and passion to offer people the opportunity to connect, learn and feel part of something; that they are not alone.
Breaking down Barriers - Beverley Robinson, Ludlow, Shropshire
In Shropshire, Beverley, MacIntyre’s local manager has been finding ways to ensure the people we support, most of whom don’t use speech, are involved in their daily reports, in a way that is meaningful to them.
Beverley was instrumental in changing the way reports were created; using a huge selection of stickers, photos and drawings which are individual for each person supported. Each day staff sit with the person and together pick out the images that best represent what the person has done that day and how they are feeling. Each day has a page that becomes part of a monthly book. The books are beautiful, individual and have true meaning.
The Manager Award – Sadie Scott, Milton Keynes
Now Area Manager in Milton Keynes, Sadie started as a relief support worker at MacIntyre over 25 years ago.
MacIntyre CEO, Sarah Burslem said:
“Sadie has an instinctual and unrelenting focus on advocating for each person, and uses her experience, skill and natural charisma to influence and persuade others. Sadie has led a number of practice initiatives with a particular focus on end of life care. Her drive comes from her desire to provide the very best care and support to the people in her area who are becoming increasingly frail.”
The Support Worker Award – Katie Marshall, Leicester
Katie has worked at MacIntyre’s registered care service in Leicester for over 18 years, supporting adults who have profound and complex learning disabilities.
The support can be small things, for example supporting 'Jane' to paint her nails: her positioning and tone of voice are so natural, that the lady is put at ease with an activity that she may find difficult. Not only this, but Kate has supported people with more significant activities too. For example, she has advocated on behalf of people we support to secure higher care packages.
The Support Worker Award – Nathan Noel, Warrington
Nathan joined MacIntyre three years ago with no previous experience in the sector; he supports people with complex learning disabilities and mental health issues.
Nathan's Line Manager said:
“Nathan’s values, passion, creativity and positivity are what MacIntyre would want in every staff member. I respect and trust his judgement and know things are in safe hands with Nathan around.”
A parent said:
“Nathan is a very caring person; he generates warmth and laughter whenever he’s around. Nathan is very good at encouraging our son to do essential things, even when he is unwilling. He has the ability to support our son in a way that respects his dignity.”
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