Now a month has passed since Bethphage’s 2017 Staff Conference, we feel now is the right time to reflect on how it went, what we learnt and re congratulate those who won awards! Overall it was a great success with the highest staff attendance ever due to our continuous growth as an organisation. It was wonderful to see so many new faces and plenty of familiar ones. The aim of the day was to give staff the opportunity to meet with each other, share ideas and develop skills and ideas though attending professional workshops. Bethphage wants to thank all those professionals who in the morning sessions, delivered some fabulous workshops in differing areas all relevant to our profession namely, Calum Stronach, Wendy Cowton, Andy Rao, Bennett Mott and Anna Gillons. We would also like to thank Sarah Hollinshead-Bland for her Safeguarding Presentation.
The afternoon was very much about Bethphage! CEO Peter Loose gave us an informative summary of the year from Bethphage’s perspective and welcomed new staff, teams and services. He then asked staff to look to the future and shared the Bethphage Plan 2017. The Q Team Checkers presented their latest film in their usual, humorous and innovative style and the day ended with the staff recognition and awards. Staff were rewarded for gaining qualifications and long service. In addition to this, all members of staff had been given the opportunity to thank and show appreciation for their colleagues. This years awards fitted within the theme of our values and there were too many nominations to list on this page so we have listed the winners The awards were presented by our Chair of Trustees Derek Lumm and our very own Telford Mayor/Head of H.R. Rae Evans:
- Personal Growth: joint winner, Mark Harvey, “without Mark our services would not be what they are today.”
- Personal Growth: joint winner, Ceri Lewis– who has “excelled beyond the call of duty, showing the ability to empathise, negotiate, problem-solve, adapt and work in partnership with other agencies in a steady, professional and responsive way.”
- Respect: Shrewsbury West Team – for being, “patient, flexible, and excellent at identifying the needs of the people they support and always ensuring that people are happy with the support they receive.”
- Active Involvement: 37 Plas Fynnon Way Team – for “encouraging people to learn new things, make choices and be independent.”
- Honesty: Kerry Allmark– “a real person centred focus.”
Finally, the prestigious Donna Werner Award which recognises outstanding achievements and dedication towards the people we support went to the Viewmount and Werner Cottage Team for “being a consistent, committed and caring team!”
Well done to everyone and here’s to looking forward to a great 2017-18!.