12 December 2013

Success at Positive Practice In Mental Health Awards

Positive Practice Awards 2013Congratulations to two members of AWP staff who were honoured at the National Positive Practice in Mental Health Awards in Sheffield on Thursday 5 December.

Involvement manager Gareth Sharman was shortlisted in the Making a Difference category and Nathan Wallbank, clinical team manager for South Gloucestershire specialist drug and alcohol service, was shortlisted for the Mental health Leader award.

Both Nathan and Gareth deserved some sort of award for even making it to Sheffield due to the extreme weather on the day, but after a seven hour journey they joined colleagues from across the nation for the celebration, which was hosted by TV personality and South Gloucestershire GP, Dr Mark Porter MBE.
We are delighted that Gareth won his category and Nathan achieved highly commended in his. Both in turn commended the event itself, in particular the cheesecake!

Gareth said, "I am astonished and rather humbled to have won my category. It is nice that other people see things in me that I don't see myself. I am very proud to have won this award for myself and AWP and it was great to share this experience with such a nice bloke like Nathan and to have our wives there to support us. I for one tend to forget the importance of family and friends in supporting me in my work. She is very good at debriefing me after challenging days!"
Nathan said "I am very honoured to be shortlisted for these awards and for receiving a commendation. I want to thank my fantastic team for this opportunity. It is their determination and focus on improving service user experiences that inspires me!"
The event was also a superb opportunity to meet some wonderful people working on some inspiring mental health projects including a team from Everton Football Club and the founder of a football team specifically for veterans.

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