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Colin Richardson Awards 2011

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The Colin Richardson Award was first awarded in 2008 in memory of our late CEO and is presented to a member of staff or a group of staff who have made an outstanding difference to the quality of life of someone who used our services during the last year.

The 2011 winner is Louise Ayoade from the Outreach Team. Louise was nominated jointly by Jenny Jenkins (Outreach Manager) and Evonne, an Outreach Service User whom Louise has been supporting for some years.

Louise supported Evonne throughout her pregnancy and since the birth of her daughter Amy in February 2010. She has given not only continuing practical support but also emotional support to ensure that Evonne had a strong voice in her many dealings with professionals since Amy’s birth.

Louise has supported Evonne through a recent parenting assessment which she passed and has therefore been able to continue to care for and bring up her daughter at home.

Evonne said “Louise is so helpful with me and Amy and will do anything for me. She really deserves this for all the support she has given me over the last few years“.

We must also mention Ingrida Macenkiene, Inga Cepulyte, and Wendy Lewis from the Canterbury Road Team who also received an award for their support of Saira Hussein and her son Omar when her son, Nadeem, died in December 2009. Ingrida has supported the family for many years during Nadeem’s illness and the women were present at the death and at the funeral the following day and have continued to be a source of great support and comfort to the whole family.

The awards were presented by Elaine Richardson on 29th September at the Blue Skies Project, Bow.

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