Leeds Learning Disability Customer Awards
Last week was Leeds Learning Disability Week. Many events were held to celebrate it, all special in their own way, but this one really does ‘speak’ for itself.
Inspired by Leeds City Council’s staff Awards for Excellence, customers attending the Learning Disability Community Support Service community base at Hillside said they would like to have awards for customers too. Staff and managers thought this was a great idea and so work began on the Customer Awards 2014.
The purpose of the event was not only to recognise the achievements of people with a learning disability and to show off their talents, but to put customers at the heart of Leeds Learning Disability Week. Nomination packs festooned with balloons were hand-delivered by customers, both within Leeds City Council’s adult social care services, and to partner organisations across the city.
Customers selected categories for the awards and chose Friendship as the most important of these. Almost 300 nominations were received and the judges had a hard task in selecting three winners from each category. The Customer Awards 2014 ceremony was held at John Charles Centre for Sport on Wednesday, 18th June.
All this week we will be letting you know who won each of the categories and why, in separate updates to keep you in suspense. Please take time to read the stories and watch the videos of why the people who won were nominated. They really are special and show the creativity in our Learning Disability Community Support Service.
Watch out for the coming posts!
Below is a summary of the video links.
Ian Fawcett Employee of the Year
John Murrell Most Helpful Person of the Year
Linda Johnson Friendship Award of the Year
Philip Coates Creative Person of the Year
Phoenix Showstoppers Making a Difference
Sam McInnes Sports Person of the Year
Seamus Friel Volunteer of the Year
Steven Netherwood Fundraiser of the Year