The Recognition Awards were presented at our Annual Members' Meeting on 30 September 2015 in categories based on our six values with one additional category for leading and inspiring.

We received 205 nominations from service users, carers, members, staff and colleagues in partner organisations which made choosing the winners particularly hard.

The awards were judged by a panel including governors, staff and board members.

Thank you to everyone who made a nomination, and congratulations to all who were nominated.

The Pathways Team, HMP Swaleside

The team works with high-risk offenders with emotional, relationship and behavioural difficulties that prevent them completing their planned sentence.

The team has been nominated for their dedication, commitment to client wellbeing and ability to develop more trusting relationships with men who are extremely difficult to engage with.

Staff work with partners to ensure the best care is given to prisoners who are offered a pathway to progress to life in the community.

Testament to their success is the number of men who have moved into open conditions or been released on parole.

Mike Boyd, Volunteer

Mike is a musician whose music therapy gives patients a break from the ward, brings a smile to their faces and inspires them.

A fairly new volunteer to Oxleas, Mike has been with us for less than two years but his ‘excellent way with people’ has been vital in giving patients the chance to try music – some for the first time.

Dr Anthony Akenzua, Consultant Psychiatrist

One evening a week, Dr Akenzua can be found meeting carers at personal, one-to-one sessions.

The aim is to give them the chance to speak with a professional, outside of the clinical environment. Carers who nominated said the sessions are unique, innovative and hugely beneficial for them.