National Learning Disability Awards SuccessMonday 1 July, 2019
Support staff from across Real Life Options enjoyed high-profile recognition for their exceptional work when they received nominations for the National Learning Disability and Autism Awards. The awards celebrate excellence in the support for people with learning disabilities and Autism, and pays tribute to those individuals or organisations who excel in providing quality care and support.
Anth Harkin from our Darlington team won the national ‘Support Worker’ award and Sarah Ryan, Supported Living Lead in Redcar was a national finalist in the ‘Making a Difference’ category.
A number of Real Life Options representatives attended the National Awards ceremony in Birmingham, including Chief Executive David Sargent, Head of Specialist Support and Development Tracy Connelly, Service Manager Leigh McCusker and of course Dawn from Redcar who has been supported by Sarah over the past 3 years to manage her Dementia.
“It was a fabulous evening celebrating the dedication and care provided by staff in social care,” said David Sargent. “I’m very proud of Anthony and Sarah who work day in and day out to support people. They are exceptionally talented people.”
“A big thank you to everyone who supported me. It’s a thrill and an honour to receive this award and to be acknowledged and appreciated on behalf of all Support Workers at Real Life Options.” Anth Harkin, Support Worker
“To be nominated was a little overwhelming to begin with but it’s a nice feeling to know that your work is getting recognised and also getting used in some other services too. The award ceremony itself was amazing to be part of and lovely to share the experience with Dawn who said all she has ever wanted was to come away with Real Life Options staff. It’s safe to say she loved every minute of it.” Sarah Ryan, Supported Living Lead