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Recognition for Helen from Town Farm Workshop, in National Learning Disability Awards


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Helen Ritson has been named as a finalist in the 2018 National Learning Disability Awards in the category of ‘Making A Difference.’

Helen, who manages Town Farm Workshop in Sixpenny Handley, an ‘Outcomes With Learning’ initiative from The Regard Group, was nominated by her locality manager, Neil Cole.

Neil Cole said: “At TFW Helen has created an enterprise where people with learning disabilities and mental health issues can socialise, recognise and realise their potential, access work and enjoy community engagement.

“She has led the service since day one with passion and creativity, consistently exceeding all reasonable expectations.

“Her deep level of involvement is reflected in profound engagement from colleagues and clients.”

Helen Ritson is one of an impressive 10 Regard nominees to have made it to the finals this year.

The awards scheme which is endorsed by the Department of Health, Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) and Voluntary Organisations Disability Group (VODG), seeks to ‘celebrate excellence in the support for people with learning disabilities and aim to pay tribute to those individuals or organisation who excel in providing quality care.’

The 16 award categories cover all areas of care for people with learning disabilities and autism - whether young or old, living in their own homes or in residential or supported living services - recognising frontline staff such as care workers and care managers as well as people who have made an impact in other ways such as training and innovation.

Staff from Regard have also been shortlisted as finalists in the categories of ‘Service manager’ (three finalists – two in Wales and one in England), ‘Support Worker,’ ‘Supporting Older People,’ a second ‘Making A Difference’ listing (in the Welsh heats), and for Regard itself comes recognition in the ‘Best Employer’ category, as well as inclusion as a finalist in both the English and the Welsh heats for ‘Breaking Down Barriers.’

The winners of the English heats will be announced at a gala dinner in Birmingham on 29 June.

Carole Edmond, CEO of Regard, said: “It’s fantastic news that we’ve been named as finalists in so many categories, and very gratifying for our wonderful people to receive such public recognition for all the amazing work they do.

“We look forward to getting together to celebrate on the awards evening, and all the nominees are already winners as far as I’m concerned.”

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Providing work-related activity for adults with learning disabilities

Town Farm Workshop is an innovative project from Regard, We provide care and