Chapter 1 Champions’ Award Autumn 2016

05 DEC 2016

Champions’ Award Autumn 2016

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The Champions Award is Chapter 1’s Client Recognition Award. The judging panel, consisting of 2 Service Managers, 2 Client Representatives and a Board Member, meet 3 times a year to review nominations, which are sent in to Get Involved during the year.

The panel awarded 2 nominees in this round, Steph and Vicki, and Rich Blake-Lobb (Board member for Chapter 1 and saha) presented both winners with an engraved glass plaque, a framed certificate of recognition and £50 worth of shopping vouchers. 

The awards were presented on the 21st November 2016 and what a fantastic experience, meeting such amazing Clients and seeing how much they have overcome in their own lives, at the same time giving so much to others around them.

Two members of the judging panel, Lynne (Service Manager) and Shomaila (Client Rep) accompanied Rich and I to Mulberry House, Guildford, where both winners live.

Steph won her award for the work she has done training as a drug and alcohol facilitator, offering to run groups at Mulberry, whilst working on her own development and issues. Steph has also been very involved in motivating others to carry out gardening, cleaning and even attend meditation workshops.

Steph was telling me: “I was very nervous at first, it feels strange being thanked for helping out, usually I make things worse. However, once I was downstairs with everyone, I noticed all the friendly faces and felt more at ease. It is a nice self-esteem boost when your hard work is recognised, and pushes me on to keep aiming for a better life and fulfil my potential. I am not my past, it was not my fault, I am able to be happy.”

Our second winner was Vicki who won her award for helping at the local church, fundraising for Mulberry, and always watching out for other resident’s welfare. Vicki has had a lot of her own issues to overcome, but is always thinking about and helping others. She has also just become a National Representative for Chapter 1.

Vicki said: “Yesterday it felt amazing about getting the award. I couldn’t do it without the support from Bev and Pippa and Karl and Wendy, Kim and Laura. And I wouldn’t have got this far without the guidance from God. And all the church people in the church had faith in me to go far and so did my man.”

A big thanks to all the Staff who looked after us so well at Mulberry and all those who nominated Clients for this Award. We are really looking forward to another award round, due in Jan/Feb 2017, with more brilliant and inspiring Clients to celebrate with.