Rewards and Recognition


Aaron Phipps and CDG-Wise Ability representatives

Wheelchair Rugby Athlete and London 2012 Paralympian, Aaron Phipps was one of the key note speakers at CDG – WISE Ability’s annual ‘Rewards and Recognition’ event held on Friday 4th November 12pm at The Beaulieu 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. Also speaking at this year’s event was local entrepreneur, Mandy Miles, Director of River K Solutions, a consultancy and training company which supports businesses in growth and development.

Aaron and Mandy were joined by the Chairman of the New Forest District Council, the Worshipful Mayor of Gosport and members of CDG – WISE Ability’s Board.


Chairman of the New Forest District Council Councillor Godfrey Beck said:

“I am delighted to be attending this year’s CDG – WISE Ability’s Rewards and Recognition ceremony; I wish to congratulate all those shortlisted for an award.

Getting more people with disability or long term health conditions into work is a priority for all of us in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, as it is essential for the growth and wellbeing of our local economy and community.

Having a job and achieving your ambitions is important for everyone. It is important that we help more disabled people to gain and sustain long term employment.

This event helps the wider community understand how successful disabled people are in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, thanks to the support of CDG – WISE Ability and their Supply Chain.

Statistics show that disabled people take less time off sick and have fewer accidents at work than their nondisabled colleagues. It therefore makes perfect business sense for more local employers to work with CDG – WISE Ability and their Supply Chain to help more people with disabilities realise their ambitions.

It is great to see so many people coming together to celebrate the real successes that go to making a real difference to people’s lives.

I’m looking forward to hearing the stories and how everyone, customers, employers, the supply chain and partner organisations work together to make a difference.

I can see from your Annual Review that partnership working is the key to your success and I believe that today epitomises that ethos.

I hope that more local businesses will partner with CDG – WISE Ability’s supply chain in the future, helping more disabled people gain sustainable employment.

Lastly I’d like to thank every single person in this room for all their hard work, help, support and guidance that you provide and that makes a real difference.”


There were 10 awards given out on the day to individuals and organisations in recognition of the excellent work they do. Amongst the judges were CDG – WISE Ability Employer Ambassador’s Mel Walker, B & M Portsmouth, Duncan Mason, Wyevale Garden Centre, Rita Gurung and Luke Patton, Waitrose Basingstoke and Jane Purdue.

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


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

“The Customer of the Year award nominees are people with disabilities or long term health conditions from across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, and through Work Choice have received the opportunity to achieve their ambitions and secure sustainable work. We are extremely delighted to have with us today, both Aaron Phipps, Paralympian who has also recently scaled Mount Kilimanjaro join us this year and Mandi Miles current Karate World Champion 2016 for Kata. I have no doubt that they will inspire our nominees to overcome their barriers and realise their work ambitions.”

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