11th June, 2013
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Every year we give awards to our customers, volunteers and staff. The People Matter Awards are about celebrating the achievements of individuals, some who have had to overcome barriers and deal with issues that have changed their lives.
This year 9 people were awarded a People Matter Award at our Celebration Event in May 2012.
Chloe was nominated by Ann Rookes, Five Lamps' GOIL/Foundation Learning Advisor. Chloe has been attending Five Lamps' Youth Services for 6 months and other learners look at Chloe as a brilliant role model. Chloe lights up the room when she comes in and all staff are impressed with the change in her behaviour; she has changed from someone who would used to say "I wouldn't dare" to a perfect young lady. She is very motivated and wants to achieve.
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Photograph shows (left to right): Chloe Riordan and Pat Chambers, Five Lamps Board of Directors
Tracy Wilson, Five Lamps’ Youth Participation Manger nominated Luke for an award because he is involved in everything that goes on in The Youthy. He’s always willing to take up a challenge and has been involved in fundraising events to raise money for a residential and is always teaching other people to play pool. He is a really determined young man.
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Photograph shows (left to right): Luke Dixon and Trevor Watson, Five Lamps’ Board of Directors
Mark was nominated by Frank Dixon, Five Lamps’ IV Verifier/ Assessor. Mark works at Fairbridge in Stockton with groups of young people that are not in mainstream education. Mark has low self-confidence but Frank worked with him to build his confidence, so much so that in December 2011, 2 weeks before his deadline he completed his NVQ in Youth Work.
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Photograph shows (left to right): Mark Retchless and Pat Chambers, Five Lamps’ Board of Directors
Urban Blitz were nominated by Len Junier, Five Lamps’ Divisional Manager Employability. Len initially had some concerns around If the guys would complete the progamme and also about the kind of work that we wanted them to do in the community. The award is based around the cumulative effect this group of young people have had, the local community would say how wonderful the guys have been and how much difference they have made in the community that they themselves live in. A number of them now have jobs elsewhere, some of them want to go onto further training and a couple are going to stay with us.
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Photograph shows (left to right): Urban Blitz and Trevor Watson, Five Lamps’ Board of Directors
Five Lamps’ Recovery Group were nominated by Mark Thompson Five Lamps’ Service Manager Employability. The Recovery Group is a happy band of souls considering what they have to deal with on a daily basis. Every member has lost family members and close friends to drug and alcohol abuse. For some of the group this award will be the first thing that they have ever achieved and it may be the first time anyone has said to them that they are great.
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Photograph shows (left to right): Five Lamps’ Recovery Group and Pat Chambers, Five Lamps’ Board of Directors
Lisa was nominated by Deborah Shanley, Five Lamps’ Business Development Coach. Lisa was made redundant in March 2010 and this made her think about her dream of opening a nursery/ day care centre in Billingham. Five Lamps supported Lisa to start her own business ‘Tummy Ticklers’ and now cares for 25 full time children. Lisa was very tenacious and although she went through a lot of problems, she used these as a positive and really took the time to concentrate on her business.
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Photograph shows (left to right): Lisa Smith and Pat Chambers, Five Lamps’ Board of Directors
Wayne was nominated by Jane Simpson, Five Lamps’ Intensive Support Worker. Wayne is driven and is passionate and wants to change his life. His ethos is if a job’s worth doing it’s worth doing well.
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Photograph shows (left to right): Wayne Middleton and Pat Chambers, Five Lamps’ Board of Directors
Graeme was nominated by John Hird, Five Lamps’ Senior Loans Officer. Graeme is really passionate about what he wants to do in the future and how he wants to turn his life around and start his own business.
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Photograph shows (left to right): Graeme Duffy and Trevor Watson, Five Lamps' Board of Directors
Nichola Storr, Five Lamps’ Quality Manager nominated Amy for the Derrick Brown Award; an award for outstanding achievement. Amy has made an outstanding contribution since she came to the organisation. She tried to get a job as an apprentice for a year and couldn’t get any interviews because a lot of companies wanted somebody with experience. Fortunately we interviewed her and she was successful in gaining an apprenticeship with us. Since she started with us she has worked on our receptions and has helped on 2 projects. We have excellent feedback from customers. Amy has a fantastic work ethic.
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Photograph shows (left to right): Derrick Brown, Ex-Five Lamps’ Board of Director and Amy Baker