The Trust's annual People Participation Awards is an opportunity to celebrate the achievements and the valuable input of service users and carers.
Across the Trust service users, carers and volunteers are working with staff and helping the Trust to improve our services. You probably know quite a few people that go the extra mile, who has used their experience of mental or physical health to support peers, improve services and educate staff - why not show them how much they are valued by nominating them for an award this year?
Anyone can nominate, including staff, service users and external bodies.
Any service user or carer who is involved in helping us improve our services can be nominated, and this includes people from any age range.
How to nominate
Please take some time to fill in the nomination form, think about the category and the nomination criteria. Makes sure you cite examples and demonstrate why the nominee should be shortlisted.
Please submit your nomination by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Staff representing our workforce and the People Participation Team will compose the judging panel.
The categories are:
- Interview Panellist Award (two winners, 18+ and under 18 years)
- Equality/Equity Award
- Health and Well-being Champion
- Trainer Award (two winners, 18+ and under 18 years)
- Befriender of the Year
- Volunteer of the year
- Young Person of the Year
- Contribution to Service Improvement Award (two winners, 18+ and under 18 years)
- Creative Skills/Showcasing Talent Award
- Chairs Award (Covid Project of the year)
- Chief Executive Award (Person of the Year)
- Moving on Award
Interview Panellist Award and Under 18 year- Interview Panellist
This award is for service users or carers who sit on interview panels and contribute to the recruitment process. Nominees for this award should have added greatly to the interview process using their experience, understanding and insight of mental health.
This award is for the individual/project who/which has made a difference in addressing health or life inequalities/inequity. (This can be around race, gender, religion and digital exclusion etc)
Health and Well-Being Champion
This award is for service users or carers who have gone above and beyond to encourage those they support/connect with to become more active. This can be by directly delivering sessions to signposting and motivating people to increase their activity levels and improve their physical health.
Trainer Award and Under 18 - Trainer Award This award is for service users or carers who have supported the Trust to deliver training to ELFT staff and external organisations (DLR, Met Police) using their experience to help staff to think in new ways. This includes induction and general learning and development courses.
Befriender of the Year
This award is for the service users and carers who went above and beyond to provide a friendly telephone conversation to others that are lonely and in need of friendly interaction in times of loneliness.
Volunteer of the Year
This award is for the any of volunteers who go above and beyond with helping in as many ways as they can across the trust volunteering.
Young Person of the Year
This award is in recognition of the invaluable work young people do across the Trust. This may be via People Participation, activism and/or project work. This is limited to 18 years and under.
Contribution to Service Improvement Award and Under 18 - Contribution to Service Improvement Award
This award is for a service user or carer who has made a valuable contribution to improving a service either in terms of quality and/or experience. Includes QI, WTG and UIG activity.
Creative Skills/Showcasing Talent Award
This award is for service users and carers that have showcased their amazing talents and creative skills. Includes creative magazine, music, poetry, arts etc.
Chairs Award (Covid Project of the year)
Decided by the Chair from all nominations across all categories.
Chief Executive Award (Person of the Year)
Decided by the Chief Executive from all nominations across all categories.
Moving on Award
This award is for individuals who have returned to or have started work/education after a period of involvement with People Participation. This award recognises their input and the progress that they have made in their own journey.