Volunteer Achievement Awards
Our annual Volunteer Achievement Awards at the Tate, Liverpool was held this week, the highlight of which was an award ceremony recognising the outstanding achievements of our volunteer participants. We would like to thank all of you who nominated volunteers and, given the tremendous work carried out by volunteers in support of its opening, Clock View figured strongly in the prizes.
Improving the Service User or Carer Experience Martin Murphy (Ashworth & Clock View)
Learners of the Year Steven Melia (Clock View) & John Smith (Hesketh Centre & Boothroyd)
Best Newcomer Joe Jones (Clock View)
Outstanding Contribution Derek Berkley (Ashworth)
The first group of 18 volunteers, many of whom were service users, also received accredited qualifications as a direct result of volunteering with the Trust.
Radical changes to the scheme of reward and recognition for service users and carers contributing to the organisation were introduced last year, replacing monetary reward with access to a range of opportunities aimed at supporting their own personal recovery and social inclusion goals. An additional 38 volunteers are currently undertaking accredited vocational courses and several of the first group of 18 embark upon further vocational courses later this month.
The awards event also learned about a group of five younger service user participants, who are being supported in making their own film challenging the stigma that surrounds mental health. This enterprising group of service users are now working to develop their film as a means of engaging schools and colleges on the theme of mental health.
Mersey Care would like all our teams to actively consider how a volunteer placement could enhance the work of your service and, in particular, please support and encourage service users and carers to join the people participation programme. Their experience and insights benefit the organisation and through this scheme, their recovery and social inclusion journey can really gain momentum.
Further information and support can be found by contacting the People Participation Team or email email@example.com