Achievement Awards 2018
This year’s Achievement Awards event was held on July 10th and we changed things up quite a lot! The marquee was bigger and had a proper floor, the ceremony was pacier and the awards themselves were much more Oscar-style than before.
This year we launched the awards as an integrated event across all of the services WESC Foundation offers to young people – school, college, our St David’s residential service, our day services and our Supported Living service.
All our young people achieve things everyday – whether that is academic attainment; learning life skills and gaining independence; doing something for the first time; or just developing social skills and looking out for other people.
Hence the bigger tent which was filled with young people, staff, parents and carers, trustees, guests from our partner organisations and of course the inimitable Judi Spiers, broadcaster and presenter, and one of our celebrity Ambassadors.
This year we were pleased to be able to make highly commended awards in each award category as well as recognise the overall winner, which was great, as it is impossible to choose from so many fantastic but varied achievements! We also celebrated the achievement of everyone through the award of Achievement Medals, which seemed to go down very well based on the number of young people who were proudly wearing them days afterwards!
All the winners were presented with our historic trophies and shields which record achievement at WESC Foundation over many years and live in our trophy cabinet on display. It seemed important to us that individual winners also got a smaller trophy that they can keep as a reminder of their success.
Pictured right is Craig Salisbury who won the Chief Executives All Round Achievement Award. Craig was nominated for his achievements in 9 of the 18 categories, and has excelled this year academically and in the development of his confidence and independence. Craig is going on to do a Supported Internship with WESC Foundation with a focus on catering. He was presented with his chefs white to get him started on fulfilling his ambition to become a professional chef.
A full list of winners and highly commended is available on request.