Activist of the Year Awards 2019

These awards are in memory of Nikkie Mathurin, a much valued member of the Treat me well steering group, who died earlier this year.

Nikkie was a passionate campaigner for the rights of people with a learning disability.

The Activist of the Year award 2019 celebrates a Mencap colleague who goes above and beyond to challenge unfairness wherever and whenever they find it.

The winners were chosen by the Treat me well steering group. Congratulations to everyone on the shortlist (see below).

Activist of the Year 2019 Winner

Stuart McMurray

Stuart is an inclusion consultant for Mencap. He has been in this job for 2 years. He has a learning disability.

Stuart interviews people who want to work for Mencap. He takes the role very seriously and always gives his best.

Stuart knows what is right. He is quite happy to challenge if he sees something that is unfair or wrong.

He is working on a project with the quality team at Mencap to improve support in the services. He is confident to give feedback and his opinion.

Stuart's colleagues say: "Stuart is a great ambassador for Mencap and for people with a learning disability. He will always give his best."

Shortlist

Stephen Toolan

Stephen works for Mencap. He is the area operations manager in the North West of England.

Stephen also leads the Pennine Treat me well group. 

He makes sure the group is inclusive and that everyone has an equal say. He is helping the group learn how to train people about learning disability. They will then go on to give this training to staff at the local hospital trust. Stephen has done a lot to shape the campaign locally. 

Stephen has done a lot to shape the campaign locally and is always ready to work with the campaigns team to make change happen.

Gabriella Smoczynski

Gabriella works in the lifestyles and work team at Mencap. She helps get work experience placements for people with a learning disability.

This year Gabriella has helped out at a Treat me well workshop.

She has also supported our activities for Activism Week. She also took part in our photoshoot to encourage others to get involved in activism.

Gabriella supported a group of people with a learning disability to take part in a craftivism session. She helped them make fridge magnets with messages about the importance of reasonable adjustments.

Portia McBride

Portia is the quality coordinator for Mencap in the South of England.

Portia is a very active campaigner, activist and member of the Treat me well campaign in Salisbury. She is one of the reasons for the group's successes to date.

Her colleagues say that: "Portia goes the extra mile to support people with learning disabilities to be involved. She is a great advocate for the Treat me well campaign and a pleasure to work with." 

Treat Me Well Group of the Year Award 2019

The Treat Me Well Group of the Year Award is for a group of local Treat me well campaigners who have made the biggest impact to improve hospital care for people with a learning disability.

Treat Me Well Group of the Year Award 2019 Winner

Southampton Treat me well

This group has been part of Treat me well from the very start. This group's aim is to promote hospital passports and work with people with a learning disability to get better cancer care.

They have hosted stands at their local hospital, done training for staff and have taken part in craftivisim and Learning Disability Week events. 

They have already made some exciting plans for 2020 to carry on promoting Treat me well, helping with cancer care work and carrying on developing good relationships with staff.

Shortlist

Croydon Treat me well

The group's aim was to promote Treat me well to the local community and provide learning disability awareness training to staff at Croydon University Hospital.

They hosted an event at a local shopping centre and promoted Treat me well.

They have formed a good relationship with the local learning disability nurse and they have been involved in training. They held an event for Learning Disability Week and also hosted a craftivism session for Activism Week 2019.

Harrow Treat me well

The group wanted to promote health passports to local people with a learning disability and staff at Northwick Park Hospital. 

They have embraced the Treat me well campaign. They had an article about the Treat me well campaign in their monthly newsletter. They've campaigned for health passports and easy read information to make sure people with a learning disability are able to have a say about their care.

They have made a video and been part of craftivism. 

They're also on a working group to make sure people with a learning disability have a voice. 

Dudley Treat me well

The group wanted to promote Treat me well locally and improve services for people with a learning disability led by Dudley Voices for Choice. They promoted reasonable adjustments.

The group has carried out an audit of the local hospital, including looking at signage around the different wards and entrance area. They created a poster and a banner, they have spoken at events and conferences, and they continue to deliver training.

They applied for Changing Places money for the hospital.

Pennine Treat me well

The group wanted to make people with a learning disability aware of reasonable adjustments and have been actively working to co-deliver training with the NHS locally. This will continue in 2020..

The group made banners to be in reception areas of hospitals across North Manchester. 

They've presented to staff of the trust, held events, and the group lead has been nominated for a Treat me well Activist award.

Bradford Treat me well

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The group started off with small steps but now they have achieved a lot.

They have placed leaflets about learning disability on the back of staff toilet doors. They met with the Trust's CEO to push for training for the staff across the Trust.

The group have also succeeded in making sure there is a sustained 12 month push throughout the Trust on Learning Disability and this will include training for the vast majority of staff during this time.

The Trust has also now committed to a learning disability matron, something the group campaigned hard for.

Members of the group have presented to the general medical council and told over 200 doctors about the campaign. The group have also recently met with Dr Amir Khan from GPs Behind Closed Doors.

Salisbury Treat me well

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This group wanted to promote hospital passports and to apply for Changing Places funding. They have made more people aware of hospital passports.

In Activism Week they announced that a Changing Places toilet will be installed in their local hospital, which is something they have been campaigning for.

The group did a Learning Disability Week event and are planning to their their experiences to an upcoming Trust board meeting. They are promoting learning disability ambassadors in the local hospital.

Shropshire Treat me well

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The group's focus is on improving signage and making sure people with a learning disability have a good experience in hospital.

They attended a meeting with the lead for patient experience to tell them about their campaign.

They presented at a conference and hosted a Learning Disability Week event. The group have been approached about their ideas for training. They also update their activity regularly on Twitter.

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