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National recognition for North East learning disability specialists

Added on: 5th July, 2017 by Karen_37106

National recognition for North East learning disability specialists

Mel Ramsey, Danshell Chief Executive Officer

Last Updated:
Wed, 5 July 2017

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A North East care and support specialist and one of its employees have been officially recognised for their support for people with learning disabilities and autism.

Johnathan Whitwell and Danshell Group’s Regional Support Office in York, are nominated for their exceptional work at the National Learning Disability and Autism Awards 2017.

Johnathan Whitwell is vying to win the Sporting Chance Award.

As Danshell’s North East Sports Co-ordinator, Johnathan has been shortlisted in this category for the second year running.

His work encompasses nine learning disability and autism hospitals and care homes throughout the North East.

He has forged a reputation as being innovative when developing activities, making sure everyone can be involved, with the emphasis on the needs and ability of the individual.

Johnathan said: “I am so proud that my work has been acknowledged. I could not achieve what I do without being employed by a company like Danshell that is committed to tailoring care to the needs of the individual.

“I love helping transform the lives of the people I support by assisting them to achieve their full potential through sporting activities, which focus on an individual’s needs, abilities and preferences.”

The other award goes to the Danshell Group, who have been shortlisted for the Employer of People with a Disability Award.

The company is committed to helping people improve their skills to enable them to access paid or voluntary work opportunities.

This has led to a number of successful work placements at the company, including two people who work at its York Central Support Office, one supporting the office manager and the other working in the marketing team.

In support of the nomination, Bev the Marketing Assistant said: “I like all the staff they help me a lot. I like to make teas and coffees. I like getting paid for my work. It’s good, good, good! I am happier. I like being a member of staff.”

Mel Ramsey, Danshell Chief Executive Officer, said: “It is a testament to Johnathan and the rest of the staff team that they are nominated at these prestigious awards. For Johnathan to be shortlisted two years in a row is a fantastic achievement. He is a clear winner for us whatever happens at the ceremony.

“It is fantastic to have been officially recognised for the standards of support we provide in the learning disability and autism care sector and the team in our York office feel honoured and lucky to have two of the people we support as colleagues. There is a definite lift in atmosphere when they’re in the office. We all consider this to be not just an opportunity for them, but also an opportunity for everyone who has the pleasure to work with them, they keep us grounded!

“The company and its staff are passionate about making a difference to people’s lives, providing excellent care and helping the people we support to live life to the full.”

Danshell has also been shortlisted in three other categories; Best Employer, which celebrates an exceptional company that has an outstanding commitment to staff; Manager of the Year; and Making a Difference.

The winners will be announced at a gala dinner on July 14 at the ICC in Birmingham.

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