Every year Southend Mencap put on an Achievers Awards ceremony and people nominate others. The staff team this year nominated three of the people who live at Barnabas House to receive awards.
Sarah: for her courage in performing before others and her ability to adapt to new and unknown situations.
In 2016 Sarah continued to to perform well with both Mencap Music School and also The Mushroom Theatre Company on the stage at the Towngate Theatre in Basildon. She was also invited to read a Christmas poem at a chapel inside the Tower of London at an event put on my Livability for its benefactors. (The other poem reader was Chris Tarrant) She coped calmly and well with the unknown venue, with having to learn a ‘bowing and following’ procedure for going up to speak and having unknown people to talk in front of. She did so well she was the only speaker who got a round of applause. Well done, Sarah.
Paul: Paul’s girlfriend of over 40 years passed away in December 2016. Due to the age and frailty of her next of kin, Paul was supported to arrange her funeral. Paul had never been so involved in a funeral before. He coped extremely well with visiting Elgin Rest Home where she passed away to find out more about what Brenda would have wanted, going to the Funeral Directors and choosing the casket, cars and flowers etc, talking to the Rev Michael moon to choose hymns and readings and even visiting Brenda in the Chapel of Rest.
On the day of the cremation and thanksgiving service, Paul coped well with all the arrangements and when he gave his Eulogy for Brenda, he spoke extremely well off the cuff. The staff team nominated Paul for being an amazing boyfriend in doing all this for Brenda.
Stephen: In June 2016 Stephen was extremely ill. He spend almost one month in Hospital on a variety of wards from Intensive Care down to general wards.
In this time, he had to cope with various ‘oxygen machines’ that must have been very uncomfortable to have to use and lots of medical procedures, including x-rays.
Stephen coped well with all the paraphernalia of his hospital stay well and has bounced back remarkably since then. He has regained the 1.5 stone he lost, has regained his mobility even though the Hospital OT said he may never be able to use stairs again and has resumed his normal life.
The staff team at Barnabas House nominated him for his bravery when ill and his ability to ‘bounce back’