Service users’ achievements celebrated at CMG awards
Caring Times, May 2013In what is believed to be a care sector first, the achievements of people with learning disabilities have been formally recognised at a special awards ceremony. In a ground breaking new initiative, care provider CMG held the awards ceremony in London to honour the achievements of the people they support, who have been empowered to play full and active roles in society.
The black tie event was born out of a suggestion from CMG’s Service User Parliament, a forum for residents of CMG services to discuss important issues and give feedback to the management via an elected regional representative.
The awards helped highlight some remarkable stories. Chris Lowndes, who won the Most Inspirational Individual prize, suffers from diabetes and lives with autism, but since moving to CMG Bushey Hall Road in Watford 18 months ago has turned his life around. At the age of 65 he was able to begin driving lessons and go on a foreign holiday for the first time in 21 years.
The awards evening took place at the Copthorne Tara Hotel in Kensington, and over 120 guests gathered at the glamorous setting for the inspiring event which celebrated individuals’ successes over the last year and showcased how CMG is supporting people to reach their full potential through person centred support.
After an afternoon drinks reception, CMG’s Chief Executive Peter Kinsey announced the nominees for 12 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 very first Service User Awards, which recognise the incredible achievements of the people we support. We empower people to live full and independent lives.
“We are all very moved and inspired and look forward to this becoming an annual celebration.”
Chris Lowndes, winner of the Most Inspirational Individual Award, said:
“I really enjoyed the evening. It was very exciting and the applause from the audience was very good.”