Rewards and Recognition

CDG – WISE Ability’s annual ‘Rewards and Recognition’ event held on Thursday 5th October 2017 at the Old Thorns Hotel, Hampshire.

The annual event recognises the work of individuals and organisations in helping disabled people gain greater independence. It also recognises the organisation’s ‘Work Choice’ customers who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to overcoming barriers to enter and sustain employment. Speaking at this year’s event was Christina Patterson, Freelance Journalist & Trustee for Shaw Trust.

Christina was joined by Councillor Dean-Paul Phillips, the Worshipful Mayor of Alton and       Roy O’ Shaughnessy a member of CDG – WISE Ability’s Board.

The 9 award categories were designed to recognise the excellent work individuals and organisations. Nominations were made by customers, employers, supply chain partners, external stakeholders. A judging panel which was made up of Employers and an Independent Consultant, looked at all the nominations for each category and decided who worthy our winners were.

The 9 categories this year were:

  • Customer of the Year Award
  • Large Employer of the Year Award
  • Small/Medium Employer of the year Award
  • Pre-Employment Advisor of the Year Award
  • In Work Support Advisor of the Year Award
  • Team of the Year Award
  • Manager of the Year Award
  • Supporting Others to Achieve Award
  • Partner of the Year Award

The awards are sponsored by a range of organisations including, Old Thorn’s Hotel, Kytoco Ltd, 2 M Designs, Yateley Industries, Enham Trust, Portsmouth City Council and Shaw Trust, People Plus Skills.

Linda Matthews, CDG – WISE Ability Work Choice Partnership Director, added:

“CDG – WISE Ability Rewards and Recognition Events is designed to acknowledge the stories behind the numbers. All welfare to work providers and their supply chains quite rightly have to work to targets and contract compliance requirements. However behind the numbers are the real life stories that demonstrate that Work Choice makes a real difference to people’s lives. Together we can and do, achieve great things.

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