Deputy Manager Nadine Suitor and Locality Manager Sarah Smith have won the National Learning Disabilities & Autism Award in the Best Employer category!

Sarah and Nadine

The ceremony, on Friday 29th June, saw a team of Walsingham Support staff and people we support, including Regional Director Allison Alford and Chair of Trustees Heather Benjamin, travel in support and in hope that their hard work over the years would be recognised. The Awards celebrate excellence in providing quality care and support for people with learning disabilities across the country.

Their Crummock Road service has been delivering excellent support for years, resulting in a rare 'Outstanding' rating from the CQC recently. The service gives tailored residential support for adults with learning difficulties, autism, mental health and complex needs. 

Nadine and Sarah remarked: 

"The whole experience was amazing, from the judging day right through to the gala dinner awards night. It's great to feel that all the hard work and dedication provided by ourselves and the team has been recognised."

Facing stiff competition, the pair won the category that celebrates exceptional employers who are committed to delivering an excellent service to people with learning disabilities or autism and their families, with the judges saying:

"Walsingham Support’s passion and drive to enhance the lives of people they support was inspirational. We felt they were a dynamic team who focussed on making a tangible difference."

The AwardWalsingham Support's Regional Director for the North Allison Alford said: 

“Sarah and Nadine certainly deserved to win this award, their drive and dedication has created changes for people they support that has transformed their lives. Seeing them both receive the award was wonderful, and seeing the people from Crummock joining in with the celebrations was fantastic. Well done Ladies, you are winners in every sense of the word!”

Sarah and Nadine have been with Walsingham Support for 21 years, starting out as part time Support Workers.

A fantastic achievement!