An awards ceremony celebrating service users’ recovery achievements took place in the transformed sports hall at Ridgeway in Middlesbrough.
Now in their fifth year, the recovery awards, sponsored by Rethink Mental Illness, recognise individuals for their charitable efforts, health improvements, skills development and steps towards recovery.
A panel of judges, including Lesley Bessant, former TEWV chairman; Alison Brabban, recovery lead; and Claire Chapman, Arch Recovery College manager, chose winners from nominations made by staff, service users and visitors.
The evening event saw awards presented in eight categories including ‘Supporting Others’, ‘Acts of Kindness’ and ‘Progress in Psychology’.
Attendees also enjoyed musical performances from service users, including a rendition of Greatest Showman hit ‘This is me’ by the Ridgeway drama group, a disco and delicious (healthy) Shawarma wraps.
At the request of service users, a special award was also presented to occupational therapy assistant, Graham Salkeld, to recognise staff who go above and beyond to support people staying at Ridgeway.
Stacey Daniels, health care assistant and event organiser, said “everything we do in the recovery and outcomes team is planned with the five CHIME principles at the core. These are five things people need to achieve a meaningful recovery and include connectedness, hope, identity, meaning and empowerment.
“The awards provide an opportunity for staff and service users to connect and celebrate the achievements of individuals. It also encourage social interaction between service users and helps people to establish an identity beyond that of ‘service user’.”
Lisa Taylor, director of operations, said “The awards are a fantastic celebration of the positive changes this often hard to reach service user group are making. Seeing people achieve their goals is inspiring and gives others hope for their future recovery.
“The recovery and outcomes team do a fantastic job organising these awards each year and continuously demonstrate their commitment to those in our care, working closely with the users of the service to plan and deliver such an exceptional event."
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