The Meath team was thrilled to find out they had won two of the categories at the Surrey Care Awards 2015. The first for the ‘Most Innovative Activity Programme involving Service Users’, was won by the team from the Meath’s newest social enterprise Changing Perceptions, the furniture upcycling workshop, shop and Café at 133 High Street Godalming. It was felt by the judges that while Changing Perceptions had certainly devised and delivered a needs-led activity programme that was both varied, appropriate and makes a positive difference to service users, the project also enables people to develop their individual skills whilst giving them a real sense of belonging within the local community.
The second award won by the Meath was the coveted ‘Provider of the Year’, which recognises an outstanding organisation that has shown its determination in identifying and meeting the needs of the people it cares for and supports, its staff, volunteers and the wider community. The staff team, who always insist on taking some of the people they support with them to the Awards ceremony held each year by Surrey Care Association at Epsom Race Course, went up on stage to receive their certificates and trophies from BBC journalist and presenter Nicholas Owen.
Meath Communications Manager Ann Spencer declared emphatically that it was “Rightly deserved! The whole team at the Meath has been working exceptionally hard during tough times to maintain both the breadth and quality of services. But in addition to that, staff have been forging ahead under the direction of our inspirational Chief Executive, Mike Keighley, to establish further exciting opportunities that celebrate what a person can achieve in life, as opposed to what they can’t or have never before attempted. Both awards have recognised the tremendous effort of every single staff member in supporting people to invest in their best, despite the challenges faced”.