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Staff Achievement Awards 2015

The eighth annual Staff Achievement Awards Ceremony was held at Coombe Abbey Hotel near Coventry on 23rd June. Almost 100 guests enjoyed drinks on the hotel’s terrace before tucking in to a delicious lunch in the marquee. Entertainment was once again provided by close up magician, Bernie Pedley, who thrilled the guests with his amazing tricks.

This year’s theme was abbeys and the colour scheme was red and gold with many of the guests choosing to wear these colours. The stage was a backdrop of grey bricks and adorned with red and gold standards.

Three shortlisted candidates from four categories attended the event along with a person they support and colleagues. People who made the nominations, including family members, were also invited.

The ceremony was jointly presented by Interim Chief Executive, Andrew Winning, and Martin Greaves, who lives at Edgecumbe House.

Before our internal awards began, a special mention was made about two staff members who, earlier this year, scooped top prizes at The Great British Care Awards. Raphael Akinwumi won “The Care Home Worker Award”. Raphael worked at 89 Mawney Road at the time and is now manager at Quiet Waters. Heidi Hovell, who works at Quiet Waters, won “The Care Newcomer Award”. Raphael and Heidi were invited on to the stage to receive a gift of appreciation from Andrew Winning.

The Voyage Care internal awards then commenced with speeches read out explaining why the candidates had been nominated before the winner was revealed. The winners were: Staff Member of the Year – Pauline Murphy, The Grove Childrens Home; Team of the Year (residential) – Westwood House; Team of the Year (non residential) – Birmingham Outreach; Manager of the Year – Nik Jones, Grove Resource Centre.

The Sade Abayomi Memorial Award for Sustained Best Practice was awarded to Ruth Bailey, who is Service Manager at Talbot Court and Brookfields.

Commenting on the ceremony and this year’s winners, Voyage Care’s interim chief executive Andrew Winning said: “Every year I am amazed at the wonderful work our teams around the country do. They don’t do it for trophies or awards but because they want to give the people we support the best possible quality of life. It’s wonderful for us to be able to recognise this hard work and shine a light on those employees who deserve our congratulations.”