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Recognition for Sue from The Regard Group, in National Learning Disability Awards


Sue Snelling from Sudbury has been named as a finalist in the 2018 National Learning Disability Awards in the category of ‘The Manager.’

Sue, who on behalf of The Regard Group manages two residential services, plus a supported living service and is also responsible for some outreach work in Sudbury, was nominated by her area manager, Sue Mace.

Sue Mace said: “Sue balances effectiveness as a leader with an easy-going attitude, in an approach that is all her own and gets great results in every situation.

“She can quickly grasp and effectively deal with any problem, and knows how to create a solution that satisfies all parties. And her regular staff team can do this too, because she has helped them develop the right skill-set.

“In my book she can’t be bettered: Sue is the complete all-rounder.”

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

The National Learning Disability 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.

Regard have also been shortlisted as finalists in the categories of ‘Support Worker’ and ‘Supporting Older People,’ had two ‘Making A Difference’ shortlistings (one in the Welsh heats and one in the English heats), two more ‘Service Manager’ shortlistings, and for Regard itself 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.