The judges find 'Innovation' a particularly difficult category to judge at our annual Marjorie Newton Wright Awards. In an organisation where being creative and using new ways of thinking is a requirement, how do you then identify people and schemes which are truly innovative?
This year’s nominations ranged from the fun way science is taught in No Limits Midlands, to the unstoppable Warrington Memory Café team. One theme has been imaginative partnerships with people and groups outside MacIntyre, to the benefit of everyone.
Winners - The Green Genies - Milton Keynes
The Green Genies are a group of support workers and people we support at Milton Keynes Lifelong Learning, working together in partnership with external organisations such as Buckingham Canal Society Group. The team regularly clear up litter for Shenley Brook End Parish Council and the Canal and River Trust, but they have also tidied local hedgerows in support of local charities.
The judges chose The Green Genies because this is a genuinely innovative partnership between people we support, staff and external organisations, and involves a lot of great interaction with the public.
Whilst the project is primarily led by people we support, it wouldn’t be possible without the staff team, and in particular Jane Hill, who has provided the consistency and inspiration for the group.
Jane is a Relief Support Worker and her work is also an excellent example of how valuable relief staff can be when it comes to making a positive difference.
On behalf of everyone at MacIntyre, we'd like to say well done to The Green Genies!
Congratulations to The Green Genies and all of our fantastic nominees!