Pictured is Martin Terry being presented with his award by Mark Fennelly.
Martin Terry who works in our new service at Chapeltown road in Leeds always goes the extra mile when supporting clients. As the service is so new he has shared his wealth of experience with all members of staff regarding how best to support the clients some of whom have had difficult experiences and backgrounds. This was invaluable in the early days of the new service.
At Chapeltown Road there was a Client who was being psychologically abused by so called friends and acquaintances. This was causing the client to be very hostile to staff and targeted Martin more than anyone else. Martin received a lot of verbal abuse and never once hesitated to work with the client. Martin has never given up with this client despite the challenges. He was the one that gathered evidence that led to the care management team having enough evidence of the abuse to taken action accordingly. Since then the client has broken contact with the people who were causing the abuse despite their attempts otherwise and is now engaging well with staff and their Mental health is improving all the time. Martin is now looking for ways to ensure the engagement continues and has brought some innovative ideas to support the Client and engage him so positively to the point that he took the client swimming in Doncaster and the client was having such as good time he stayed which made him 5.5 hours late and he missed signing for his own personal new car! .
This was such a great example of tackling the increasing issue of Mate Crime amongst People with Learning Disabilities and St Anne’s mission of “Making a Difference every day!” that it was a worthy winner of Employee of the Month Award.