Hayley scoops top national award

June 3, 2015

The staff and residents of Little Smugglers were celebrating this week as Senior Support Worker Hayley Wilkins scooped a top prize at a coveted national awards ceremony.

Hayley had been shortlisted for the ‘Best Support Worker’ category at the National Learning Disability Awards and was thrilled to pick up the top prize at the gala awards evening in Birmingham, with the judges clearly impressed by her approach:

“Hayley clearly loves her role of senior team leader, she is passionate, imaginative and enthusiastic about providing the people she supports with the best support she can: A worthy winner!”

Hayley was nominated for the award in recognition of her innovative, person-centred approach to planning and organising activities at Little Smugglers, which has transformed the lives of their five residents, as her manager Trevor Wilcox explained:

“Everything Hayley does is based on active support, respecting the residents’ choices and encouraging them to become as independent as possible.

“Hayley’s infectious personality makes her popular with residents and staff alike. She is a good listener and engages with everyone, using signing with our non-verbal residents to ensure that their opinions are included. She offers great support to the rest of the team here and is always willing to share her knowledge and experience.” 

Hayley was recently part of a group from Little Smugglers that took part in a sky dive as part of a fundraising campaign to raise £20,000 to renovate an unused classroom. If the money is raised it is hoped that the room would be used for sensory play, as a cinema, classroom and day centre.