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Together wins two 3rd Sector Care Awards

Posted on 10, December 2015

Sarah Thompson Turvey, Cashain David and Linda Bryant at the awards ceremony

Together has been presented with two awards at the second annual 3rd Sector Care Awards. The awards were presented by Dame Esther Rantzen, English journalist and television presenter, and recognise Together’s innovative, person centred, quality mental health services.

The 3rd Sector Care Awards celebrate and showcase the innovation and care excellence of the not-for-profit care and support sector.

Firstly, Together received the Community Engagement award, recognising the contribution our East Sussex personalised community services, Your Way, make to the local community. Together’s Your Way services provide flexible mental health support with a key focus on ensuring that people who use the service are in control of their support. One of the core elements of the services is promoting healthy living in the community.

Our services offer support to improve physical and mental wellbeing, access work, leisure, education and training opportunities and encourage people to play an active role in their community. For example, Rob Birch, who has used Together’s Lewes Your Way service and is now a Recovery Worker there, was supported to set up the Recovery Kitchen which offers cooking sessions that focus on making food that is good for both physical and mental wellbeing.

3rd sectorSecondly, Together received the Collaboration (integration) award for the way in which it works with partners within its Pathways services. Our Pathway services, in York and Rotherham, aim to identify individuals in need of support at the earliest opportunity and prevent them from entering the criminal justice system or calling on emergency services.

They provide holistic assessments of individuals’ needs, addressing both practical and psychological aspects in order to tackle the problems at the root of a person’s distress. They also work strategically with the emergency services and other key organisations to develop ways in which they can work together more effectively and as a result help prevent individuals from reaching crisis point.

By working not only with individuals, but also collaboratively with other local services and the professionals already supporting people the best possible outcomes can be achieved with minimum duplication.

Cashain David, Director of Operations and Development at Together, was also a finalist in the Leadership category in recognition of his work promoting and driving equality, diversity and inclusion throughout the organisation.

Linda Bryant, Director of Criminal Justice Services at Together, said: “Partnership working is at the core of Pathways and we use our strong track record and expertise in this area to continue to facilitate this in York and Rotherham. Through working collaboratively, we have achieved outcomes for people that would otherwise not have been possible. By working with the police and other emergency services we have enabled people to build positive relationships and networks, meaning they are better equipped to cope with life’s challenges, manage their mental wellbeing and ultimately reduce their use of emergency services.”

Rob has used our Your Way service in Lewes: “It was my GP who told me about Together’s Lewes Your Way service. I had suffered from mental health issues for years. I was isolated and lonely; I could go for weeks without seeing anyone else. I felt really nervous about going along, but everyone was welcoming and I ended up readily sharing information about myself with others. I realised that my story wasn’t unusual and that was really reassuring. Your Way really changed my life; I probably wouldn’t be alive today without it.”

The 3rd Sector Care Award judges said:

Linda Bryant accepting the Collaboration award

Collaboration award: “Together displayed an absolute core passion to work not only with individuals, but to collaborate with other local services and professionals to achieve the best possible outcomes, illustrating a very personalised and holistic approach when dealing with people in crisis. The judges were particularly impressed that the service is leading the way in an area that is not traditionally 3rd Sector.”

Community engagement award: “This is a clear example of a service enabling people to engage and make a difference in their local community. The winner of this category displayed excellent person-centred and informal peer support approaches that they could demonstrate are really working and making a difference to people’s lives.

The winner has enabled a wide variety of projects in the community and explored many different ways to engage their service users. They strongly believe that ‘one size does not fit all’ and by following this rule they continue to work with people to identify individual needs.”

To find out more about our services, please visit: http://www.together-uk.org/our-mental-health-services/

To find a Together service near you, please visit: http://www.together-uk.org/service-finder/