Debra Rudkin, Emma Crabb and Neil Murphy - Autism Together Staff Excellence award

Eight staff from Autism Together have been recognised for their excellent work and dedication to the charity’s services by being shortlisted for the charity’s first ever staff excellence awards.

The awards are being held as part of the charity’s 50thanniversary celebrations. Other categories include: autism community hero and a lifetime achievement award.  All categories celebrate the support people are giving to the autism community in Merseyside.

The staff members shortlisted are from a variety of roles within the organisation, including support workers, activity managers, house managers and award leaders.

Those shortlisted are: Debbie Rudkin, Pawel Hull, Alison Jones, Emma Crabb, Peter Elton, Neil Murphy, Ron Cooper and Carly Ashburner.

A real honour

On finding out they were shortlisted, Neil Murphy, activities manager, said:

“It is a real honour to be shortlisted for the staff excellence award. I have worked here for over 11 years and am humbled to see service users progress and achieve through the activities I deliver. This has only been possible through the amazing staff around me and of course the personal connections made with service users on the journey. I wish all the other nominees the best of luck.”

The shortlisted staff were nominated by other members of the organisation, or by the families of service users who they directly support. Families commended them on their dedication to the organisation, and their drive to go above and beyond their job role to help support those in their care.

Robin Bush, CEO at Autism Together, said:

“Autism Together’s greatest strength is its staff. We have nearly 1000 employees and each one of them gives their very best each day to improve the lives of people on the autism spectrum. I am delighted that we are able to recognise some of our exemplary staff through these awards and I’m looking forward to presenting the winner with their trophy at our Rose Gold Gala Ball on the 2ndNovember.”

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