Friday, May 15, 2009
Papworth Trust scoops three awards
Leading disability charity, Papworth Trust, has won three Community Care awards for its achievements in social care. The Trust has been recognised in three categories: User Involvement, Community Care Champion and Partnership Working.
Foundations for Living, which won the User Involvement category, supports disabled people to live independently and was developed to address the social isolation some residents were facing by living in residential care in rural Cambridgeshire.
By working in partnership with Hill Residential, a commercial developer, Papworth Trust was able to create a scheme in the heart of Huntingdon which fully integrates affordable accessible homes with private flats. Residents helped to choose a suitable location and were supported to express their views by staff and independent advocates, with one tenant sitting on the project management team.
Lucy Bolden, community services manager at Papworth Trust, has been recognised as a Community Care Champion for her commitment to Papworth Trust. Lucy joined Papworth Trust eight years ago and in that time has truly embodied the values of the organisation. She has led the development of the Disability Resource Centre in West Suffolk, project managed the development of the Papworth Trust Centre, Huntingdon (part of Foundations for Living), and helped secure a number of major care and support contracts.
In scooping the Partnership Working award, The Opportunities Trust is the first organisation in the UK to be developed to look specifically at the range and quality of support being provided to adults with disabilities. The unique county-wide partnership comprises social care representatives from all sectors, Cambridgeshire County Council and charities including Papworth Trust and Red2Green, as well as private and independent care providers.
Adrian Bagg, Chief Executive of Papworth Trust said: “We pride ourselves on coming up with pioneering ways of doing things and then make them happen. These awards show what can be done, not just in theory, but based on real-life. I am really proud of all the staff that have worked so hard to make such a positive impact on the lives of disabled people.”
About Papworth Trust:
Each year Papworth Trust helps over 13,000 disabled people in the East of England and the UK through a wide range of services covering employment, vocational rehabilitation, housing and community support.
In using the term “disabled” we mean anyone who has a long-term health issue, learning difficulty, physical disability, sensory impairment, mental health issue or a combination of these or other impairments. We also mean anyone of any age.
The Trust also works with the Government, employers, service providers and commissioners to promote disability equality and good practice.
For further information and media opportunities, please contact:
Kerry Atkinson, E-Communications Executive, Papworth Trust
T: 01480 357263 (direct)
F: 01480 357201
Bernard Sunley Centre
T: 01480 357200
F: 01480 357201
Helpdesk: 0800 952 5000
Charity no. 211234
Please note that Papworth Trust is an independent disability charity and is unconnected with the Papworth Hospital NHS Trust.
Papworth Trust, 15th May 2009