We received this fantastic message this morning. Sarah volunteers at the Aspire volunteer and mentoring service in Calderdale.
Scope’s Aspire Services in Calderdale are delighted to have received the “Team Of The Year Award” at an awards ceremony held at Halifax Minster to mark the work of the people who provide services to adults and older people in mental health, learning disabilities, residential and day care services.
Diane Thundercliffe, David Codling, Steve Oldroyd and Davis Hopkinson supported a group of disabled people on a three-day break to London. They arranged everything from finding a hotel, going to the theatre and sightseeing.
The award praised the opportunity and experience gained from the trip, saying: “The team went beyond their role and responsibilities and made a real impact to improve the quality of life of the people they support.”
The service was nominated by a customer and his care provider for the team’s person-centred service. He nominated the team for the way it supported him on his holiday to London. It was the first time the day service had run holidays, at the request of their customers.
The customers were involved in all aspects and tailored their holiday in London around what they wanted to do. Everyone had their own Personal Assistant and some fulfilled a lifetime’s ambition and went on a tour of Arsenal’s Emirates stadium with Gunners legend, Eddie Kelly. One person went to the theatre after having a afternoon in Covent Garden. They are planning their next trip to Tenerife and other European cities.
Service manager Peter Wardhaugh said, “I am delighted the team where recognised in this way and appreciate the customer and provider nominating us. However, this is what we are about: working alongside and with people to see the things they want to achieve happen.”