We were delighted to add to our trophy cabinet this week two awards for our training team. We won Gold and Silver for Best Not for Profit organisation at the Training Journal Awards. The Gold was for our Service User programme which supports Service Users to gain qualifications whilst they are in treatment and the Silver was for our ECEtt programme, which offers learning and development opportunities through European travel.
This is on the back of receiving the Volunteer of the Year award in September at the Third Sector Excellence Awards. The winner of the award, Jimmy Middleton, spoke at our volunteer conference yesterday and talked about how proud he was to be recognised in such a way.
It’s only over the last few years that we have been putting ourselves forward for these types of awards. The reluctance was mine. My mind was changed by feedback from our staff who thought we were just as good as many bigger charities and wanted to prove it. So after being convinced by staff that we should go for it, we did and (as ever), they were right.
Jimmy said yesterday –
‘’I didn’t become a volunteer to get an award I did it because I wanted to do something I wholeheartedly believe in. But for me to be recognised like that in front of all those people, made me feel very proud’’
We don’t do what we do for the public recognition. We believe in our ability to support people in their recovery journey and we do it passionately and to the best of our ability. The feedback we get from our Service Users is the most important feedback we receive. When others tell us we are doing something to be proud of, well that is the icing on the cake!