Care providers sets the bar by recognising the achievements of their service users

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Stephen Barnett
Stephen Barnett

The achievements of people with learning disabilities have been formally recognised at an awards ceremony held by care provider CMG. Individuals the care provider supports and their families headed to London to celebrate their successes over the past year.

As with many awards ceremonies, there was glamour, stirring speeches and plenty of celebration. The Brelade Players – a drama group who performed at the House of Commons – took home the Most Inspirational Group award.  Stephen Barnett, one of the Brelade Players, also won third place for ‘Most Inspirational Individual’ and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house when Stephen went up to collect his trophies. Stephen has had three major heart operations in the last nine months but still has the courage to take to the stage with the sketch group and achieved amazing progress whilst maintaining a positive spirit.

The awards evening took place in the Copthorne Tara Hotel in Kensington. This is the second year the ceremony has been held and shows how CMG continues to place the individuals it supports at the centre of care. The idea came from CMG’s Service User Parliament, a forum for residents of CMG services to discuss important issues and give feedback to the management through their elected regional representative.

After a drinks reception, CMG’s Chief Executive Peter Kinsey announced the nominees for 11 different awards, including Best Achievement in Paid Employment, Best Achievement in Education and Most Inspirational Individual, before the awards were presented by Sir William Wells, Chairman of CMG.

Peter Kinsey, Chief Executive of CMG, said:

“We were delighted to hold the Service User Awards for a second year. They recognise the incredible achievements of the people that matter most. Our goal is always to empower service users to achieve their ambitions and these awards are a great demonstration of this.”

Stephen Barnett, part of the Brelade Players, Winners of the Most Inspirational Group said:

“Thank you for inviting me to the awards ceremony, the food and drinks were amazing and I had a great evening! The hotel was swanky and posh! I loved it! I’m glad I had the chance to say my speech and thank everyone that supported me over the last year.”

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