BASE Awards 2022

BASE Awards 2022

BASE’s 12th annual awards recognise and celebrate outstanding practice in the field of supported employment in the UK.  Their focus is on promoting the remarkable work that goes on across the country to help people with disabilities and other disadvantages get the support they need to achieve their work aspirations and retain paid employment. View the 2021 Award Winners

Team of the Year

(sponsored by EADS) 

This award will be presented to the team who are able to demonstrate a shared vision and agreed goals of supporting people to achieve their work aspirations in paid employment.  They should have a leader who takes responsibility for the service who fully recognises and uses all the skills and abilities of staff.  Demonstrating a belief and commitment to the 12 core values which underpin supported employment is paramount.  

  • The team should be able to demonstrate that they are well led
  • The best team should be able to demonstrate a shared vision with the belief that everyone who wants to work, can work with the right job and support
  • The team will be delivering good outcomes in supporting disabled and/or disadvantaged jobseekers to succeed in the world of paid work
  • The team will be supporting employers to recruit a diverse workforce
  • The team will be delivering high quality support and can demonstrate they are working in partnership with jobseekers, employees and employers to continually improve their service
  • The team will be working in close partnership with jobseekers and their circles of support, and employers

Send us your nomination now! 

Practitioner of the Year 

(sponsored by Medequip)

This award will be presented to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution in the supported employment sector.  It recognises the significant role of the supported employment practitioner in consistently providing high quality person-centred support to jobseekers, employees and employers, with a benefit to all parties, and changing lives.

  • The practitioner’s work embodies the person-centred and inclusive values which guide the profession as laid out in the 12 core values that underpin supported employment 
  • The practitioner is resourceful in relation to any aspect of the 5-stage supported employment model
  • The practitioner works in partnership with jobseekers, employees circles of support and employers to ensure the best possible outcomes for everyone involved
  • The practitioner has achieved outstanding results for disabled and/or disadvantaged people to achieve their paid work aspirations
  • The practitioner has achieved outstanding results in supporting employers to recruit and retain a diverse workforce.

Send us your nomination now! 

Best Employer Practice

( sponsored by Inclusive Trading )

This award will be presented to an employer, of any size or sector, that can demonstrate success through valuing disabled people who work for, and interact with the business.  The organisation should be able to demonstrate that it has schemes, initiatives and policies that have maximum impact on recruiting and retaining and promoting disabled employees.  

  • There is a commitment to support disabled people to gain, retain and develop their careers
  • The employer should be able to demonstrate the positive impact employing disabled people has had to their business, staff and customers
  • The nomination should show how the business has benefited from employing a wider talent pool of disabled people
  • Employers should be supported to develop innovative approaches to the recruitment, retention and development of disabled employees

Send us your nomination now! 

David Grainger Award

(sponsored by Outshine Telephone Training and Resources)

This award is presented to a disabled person who has made outstanding progress in their employment and is a significant ‘team player’ who always supports their colleagues.

  • The nominee must have been continuously employed for 12 months or more in paid employment
  • The nominee should demonstrate a strong commitment to training and learning in the workplace
  • The nominee should be a productive, reliable and valued employee who exceeds in paid employment beyond expectations

Send us your nomination now! 

Who can nominate?

Jobseekers and employees, families and carers, employers, supported employment agencies, advocates, colleagues, managers or delivery partners can all nominate individuals, teams and employers for these awards. You do not have to be a member of BASE to make a nomination.


How can I nominate someone?

You can nominate someone by completing the on-line nomination form.  You can include links to any video evidence if this can be viewed on-line.  If you are unable to complete the on-line form, please contact us for an alternative format.  Nominees will be short-listed and further information will be requested if they get to this stage.   Entries must have been received by 30th September 2022.


Is there a prize?

The Practitioner of the Year Awards carries a prize of £500. All award winners will receive a certificate and trophy. The awards will be presented at the 2022 BASE conference dinner in Leeds on the 9th of November, and winners will be offered overnight accommodation for themselves and a guest at the Leeds City Hilton. 


Please contact us if you have any queries.  Tel. 01252 912829   Email.