Base Awards 2010

Base Awards 2010

BASE is proud to announce the winners of its inaugural Practitioner of the Year Awards. The awards recognise and celebrate outstanding practice in the field of supported employment in the UK and reflect the personal achievement, innovation and commitment of individuals in supporting sustainable employment. The focus of the awards is on promoting the remarkable work that goes on across the country to help people with disabilities get the support they need to achieve their work aspirations and retain paid employment.

Individual awards were made to supported employment personnel working in the fields of learning disability and mental health. Unfortunately, no award was made this year for support to people with a sensory impairment. We also awarded the individual judged to have demonstrated outstanding practice in supporting employers. The awards were presented at our conference dinner at the Brighton Holiday Inn on 8 September. Each winner received an award and a cheque for £400.

We are grateful to our sponsors, the Valuing People Now team and the Centre for Mental Health, for supporting these awards. Our warm congratulations go to all the winners.

Practitioner of the Year Award
Sponsor: British Association for Supported Employment
This overall award for Practitioner of the Year 2010 was presented to Barbara Peel of Mencap Derbyshire.

Outstanding Practice Award: Support for people with a learning disability
Sponsor: Valuing People Now (Department of Health)
The award to a practitioner working to support people with a learning disability into sustainable employment was won by Barbara Peel (Mencap Derbyshire).
Highly commended were Angela Robinson (East Riding of Yorkshire Council) and Karen Clifford (Nottinghamshire County Council).

Outstanding Practice Award: Support for people with a mental health need
Sponsor: Centre for Mental Health
This award to a practitioner working to support people with mental health needs into sustainable employment went to Kay Robertson of Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust.
Highly commended were Tina Waters (London Borough of Newham) and Natalie Hammer (Southdown Housing).

Outstanding Practice Award: Support for employers
Sponsor: BASE
This award to a practitioner working to support employers in recruiting and retaining disabled employees was won by Sarah Wake of Pluss.
Highly commended were Ian Ainsworth (Bootstrap Enterprises) and Tom Frankish (London Borough of Hounslow)