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Hansel's Staff: Simply The Best

Last updated: 9.55pm, Monday 1st April 2013 by

We have long understood that our staff are key to our success and felt that a heartfelt and public 'Thank You' was overdue so, on the 1st of March 2013 we held our first Staff Awards Ceremony. More than 90 people attended the event in Lindy's but our thanks and appreciation extend to all of the 400+ staff team.

Our thanks also to Mr Alistair Chisholm, long time Hansel supporter and former Chair of Hansel Foundation, who sponsored this event as part of our 50th Year celebrations. His generosity meant that Award winners received small monetary tokens of appreciation or trophies in recognition of their efforts. Each one also received a copy of Mr Chisholm's book "Who Cares Wins".

The event was hosted by our Senior Management Team who assisted a group of VIP guests - some of the people who chose to use Hansel services - with the presentation of the Awards.

Awards were presented for:
• Long Service, to 17 staff each with more than 20 years service totalling an amazing 418 years with Hansel
• Qualification Achievement, to 20 staff who have recently gained their SVQ Level 3 or 4
• Top Attenders, to 10 staff with excellent attendance records including Lindsay Keith who has not had a single day's absence in 13 years and 4 staff who have never been absent during their 5 to 12 years service!

Ambition and Achievement Awards went to: Joan Logan, Katy McMillan, Leisha Miller, Ashley Murdoch and John Stewart. Joan made the leap from Cook to Support Assistant when Hansel took on the Taigh Mor service in Beith and her manager says "Joan always had a good relationship with our visitors but this has flourished....Joan is a positive role model". The remaining winners in this category secured permanent Support Worker roles following very successful periods in our Peripatetic scheme.

Creative Thinking Awards went to: Amy Park, for her efforts, in her own time, in assisting residents to produce a short film illustrating their lives at Shawburn, and to Natalie Quinn for many things, most notably for the excellent graphics she has produced for her service.

Karen Purdie received the Volunteer of the Year Award for her commitment to providing peer support for young adults.

Sarah Rodgers was our Sessional Worker of the Year. Sarah was formerly a contracted member of staff and the commitment and dedication which earned her an Assistant Manager post have continued as in her Sessional employment, earning her respect from residents and colleagues alike.

Anne Hannah and Alison Gray both won Above & Beyond Awards. Anne for "outstanding dedication and commitment" and Alison for going the extra mile with a new client whose life had been very restricted due to challenging behaviour. Alison's positive, consistent and pro-active approach resulted in this young lady being able to enjoy a busy social life. Alison's Manager recognised that this was a success for the whole team but added "if Alison had not been willing to take the risks and put in the extra time and effort it would have taken us a lot longer to achieve these goals."

The final award was for Best Team and was very hotly contested. In the end the Award went to the Laundry who had impressed the judges with their hard work, drive and enthusiasm. The Laundry Team consists of Resource Workers and Supported Employees, five of whom achieved their Modern Apprenticeship Award last year.

The Awards Ceremony was an inspirational event, reminding everyone of the strengths and skills of Hansel's people. We rely on our staff to deliver consistent high quality supports and their commitment, flexibility and passion helps drive success for the organisation and, most importantly, for the people we work for.

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