Celebration of Achievements Awards 2014

Prospects celebrates 20 years of success

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20th Anniversary and Annual Celebration of Achievements Awards

This year’s celebrations were particularly significant as the organisation celebrated it’s 20th Anniversary since establishing itself in Wrexham in 1994. Directors, employees, young people and guests enjoyed a nostalgic look at Prospect’s journey over the last two decades and reflected on some of the challenges and triumphs.

Aled Roberts AM, Regional Assembly Member for North Wales opened the day and guest speaker Ashley John-Baptiste shared his own experience of life in foster and residential care.

Achievement Awards were presented to employees for their individual commitment and significant contributions to the organisation over the last year.

  • Award for innovation – Leah Thomas-Coleman and Zena Jones
  • Award for Learning and Development – Dean Richards
  • Award for Excellence in Care Practice – Alan hamner
  • Award for Excellence in Education Practice – Samantha Clark
  • Award for Excellence in leadership and Management – Julie Jones
  • Award for Commitment to Supporting the Wider Organisation – Yvonne McBurney and Bob Reynolds
  • The Directors Award for 20 Years Service – Lesley Wright, Vicky Simms, Tracey Evans
  • Young Person’s Award for Outstanding Individual or Team – Lisa Jones

 

Prospects active the Investor in People Gold Standard.

Prospects Strikes Gold

A pioneering social care provider has become the first in Wales to receive a major award for its work with children and young people.

Prospects for Young People, based in Wrexham, broke new ground in 1994 when they were established to support children and young people from difficult backgrounds adjust to society.

Twenty years on they operate 11 homes in the Wrexham area, run a special school, provide a network of foster parents, employ 150 staff and have worked with hundreds of youngsters from across the UK.
Now they have just achieved Investors in People Gold Standard and have been congratulated by the Mayor of Wrexham, Councillor David Bithell, for the way they care for children and young people in small, family-sized homes and for the way they train, develop and involve their staff.

Prospects established by Steve Elliott and Chris Edwards, is the first young people’s residential care and education organisation in Wales to reach the Gold Standard.

Last year Prospects for Young People was celebrating after its project to introduce a Person Planning Framework to more effectively engage young people in planning services to ensure they were meeting their needs was a winner in the Social Care Accolades which are awarded by the Care Council for Wales.

Prospects won the Excellent Outcomes in the Care of Younger People, Children and Early Years Accolade.

Judges praised staff for developing a person-centred approach which had enabled children and young people to become more involved in the planning of services to ensure it is meeting their needs now and in the future.

Steve Elliott is a Council Member of Care Forum Wales, the body that represents 500 independent providers in the social care sector.

He is the Chair of the organisation’s Looked After Children Network, previously the Residential Child Care Special Interest Group which was created to protect and promote the interests of children and young people in care in Wales – and the people who look after them.

Councillor Bithell said: “I am delighted to be here to congratulate Prospects Care on achieving the Gold Award. The Investors in People standard is an extremely high level of people management used by employers around the world to improve their working culture and increase employee engagement.

Prospects have shown they’re an organisation worthy of the gold standard.

It’s fantastic that a business in Wrexham with over 150 staff is bringing employment to the area and supporting young people in the community and helping them back into mainstream society.”
Steve said: “We established Prospects in 1994 with the intention of doing things differently in terms of having small groups of young people with a high staff ratio to meet their individual needs because in larger groups we felt some were missing out.

We were first recognised as Investors in People in 1995 which was a significant achievement because we were a new organisation and we achieved Bronze status three years ago.
To achieve IIP status you have to satisfy 39 indicators and for Gold the figure is 165 – we satisfied 189 and we’re delighted with that because we believe it’s important to invest in developing your staff to deliver the best outcomes for the young people we work with.”

Chris Edwards added: “We’re really proud we’ve achieved this, especially in our 20th year because we’re trying to provide the best service that we can for the children and young people in our care and for their families.

Residential care is often almost a last resort for the young people who have some complex issues and our job is to set them on the right track so they can make a valuable contribution to society and integrate into it. It means everything when you work with these young people and they come back saying that without what we’ve done they wouldn’t be where they are today – that’s very rewarding.

Back in 1994 we just felt we could do the job better than it was being done and that is why we set up the organisation.”

Also there to offer her congratulations was Wrexham Councillor Krista Childs, from Coedpoeth, a trained social worker herself, who said: “I know them very well and I’m very chuffed for them. It’s a huge honour and a great accolade for Prospects.

“They’re great role models. Prospects are always striving for the best and going above and beyond.

They have kept in touch with children who have come through their care and well after they have left they continue to give them excellent moral support.”

Mario Kreft, MBE, Chairman of Care Forum Wales said: “This is a wonderful achievement by an organisation that is at the forefront of the care of young people not just in Wales but across the UK.

Steve and Chris and their staff work very hard to deal with children from the most challenging backgrounds imaginable and the way they go about providing care, in small, family-sized units has been a ground-breaking approach.”

Investors in People Gold

The staff of Prospects receive the Social Care Accolade Award 2013.

Prospects wins Social Care Accolade

Children’s care home organisation Prospects for Young People is celebrating after its project to involve young people in planning services to ensure they were meeting their needs, was announced as a winner in the Social Care Accolades, held at City Hall, Cardiff.

The organisation, which is based in Wrexham, won the Excellent Outcomes in the Care of Younger People, Children and Early Years Accolade.

Judges praised staff for developing a person-centred approach across all 11 children’s homes within the organisation, which had enabled children and young people to become more involved in the planning of services to ensure it is meeting their needs now and in the future.

The organisation developed a training programme that ensured staff were able to build assessments of children and young people from their perspective.

These were based on their strengths, interests and aspirations for the future. Staff were then taught how to turn the profiles into plans and actions.

It also ensured children and young people were involved in the planning of their day to day living arrangements and decisions about their care and support.

The programme has been beneficial for both young people and the workforce. Young people are starting to influence the placement planning process and staff are learning more about young people’s behaviours, which is shaping the support they give them.

Steve Elliot, Director of Prospects for Young People said, “I am so proud that the hard work of our champions to develop person-centred planning has been recognised with a Social Care Accolade.

“The work is really enhancing the level of involvement of children and young people in planning services that meet their needs and aspirations for the future.”

The Social Care Accolades, which are led by the Care Council for Wales, celebrate best practice that is helping to professionalise the workforce and transform social care, early years and childcare across Wales.

Seven Accolades in total were awarded to organisations across Wales and a full list of winners is available at www.ccwales.org.uk

Gwenda Thomas, Deputy Minister for Social Services, who presented the Accolades, said, “These awards are not just about celebrating success today, they’re about learning from what we see and using it to help us prepare for the future to develop new ways of working.

“Eight years after they were established, the Accolades give us an opportunity to recognise and share the excellent work being done by social workers, people working in social care, in early years and in childcare.

“The Care Council for Wales regularly reviews and revises the entry categories and the focus of the judging for the Accolades ensuring that these awards remain relevant and contribute to the raising of standards and sharing of good practice, helping create a new level of professionalism in the sector.”

This year saw the highest number of entries – more than 70 – since the Accolades began in 2005.

The biennial awards showcase good practice and achievement by teams, partnerships and organisations which have improved social care and early years and childcare by investing in the learning and development of their people.

Arwel Ellis Owen, Chair of the Social Care Accolades judging panel, said, “Once again, the quality of entries was highly impressive and a reflection of the professionalism of staff who are focused on providing the best possible care for people who need their support.

“All the finalists obviously value their people highly. Investing in staff, particularly in their training and development, is the best investment they can make, usually resulting in improvements in performance, morale and recruitment and retention. And, importantly, all this is likely to feed into better outcomes for people receiving services.

“The Accolades are much more than a set of awards, though. They are also an excellent platform to share best practice, not only at the awards ceremony, but also over the coming months, when we will be making arrangments to share learning from the winning projects and others. By doing so, we can collectively learn from each other and provide even better services to those who need them right across Wales.”

Representatives from Prospects receive the Social Care Accolade Award 2013.

Prospects Celebration of Achievement Award Winners, 2013.

Prospects – Celebration of Achievement Awards 2013

Prospects for Young People are celebrating their success and achievements in the pursuit of delivering outstanding residential care for looked after children and young people.

Recently the organisation was recognised for its project to involve young people in planning services to ensure they were meeting their needs, and the company which was established in 1994 was announced as a winner in the Social Care Accolades, held at City Hall, Cardiff.

The Social Care Accolades led by the Care Council for Wales celebrate best practice, and the organisation which is based in Wrexham, won the Excellent Outcomes in the Care of Younger People, Children, and Early Years Accolade.

Following on from this success – in July 2013 the organisation staged its first Celebration of Achievements Award Ceremony. Co-directors Steve Elliott and Chris Edwards hosted the event in recognition of their employees’ successes in achieving remarkable outcomes for the children and young people in their care.

Care and education staff from across the organisation were nominated for awards in different categories and finalists were selected by a panel of independent professionals from the sector.

Steve Elliott said “It is important that we pause for a moment to reflect on and recognise the achievements of individuals who have consistently made outstanding and professional contributions to the task of looking after our young people with complex needs. We recognise that the work is often challenging however it is clear that commitment, enthusiasm, leadership, and innovation all translate into changing the lives of young people for the better.”

Awards were presented for achievements in categories as follows:

  • Award for Innovation presented to Lewis Bennett, and Sarahann Jones was Highly Commended
  • Award for Learning and Development presented to Zena Jones, with Ceri Philips being Highly Commended.
  • Award for Excellence in Care Practice presented to Laura Hughes with Alex Moorhead, Marc Jones, and Trudi Wainwright all Highly Commended.
  • Award for Excellence in Education Practice presented to David Glaves with Emma Jackson being Highly Commended.
  • Award for Excellence in Leadership and Management presented to Nicola Jones, with John Cooper and Leah Thomas Coleman being Highly Commended.
  • The Co-Directors Award was presented to The Person Centred Planning Champions; Liz Williams, Sharon Davies, Amanda Squire, Sarahann Jones, Sarah Howarth, Alex Moorhead, and Laura Hughes.

The afternoon ceremony was held at The Ramada Hotel in Wrexham and those attending enjoyed lunch, refreshments, and the summer sunshine. Chris Edwards said “This being the first year that we have introduced the Awards and Celebration Day I’m delighted with how the afternoon went, and we will certainly want to continue to recognise and celebrate outstanding examples of practice. As we head towards Prospects’ 20th Anniversary which we shall celebrate in 2014 we will continue to develop our practice and look forward to celebrating further successes next Summer.”