Congratulations are in order for one of our support workers who has just won a prestigious award for going the extra mile in her work.

Julie Anglesey, an activity manager in our Woodworking Team, was one of 10 people in the region to receive the Wirral Award for 2021.

Julie was nominated for the award by Laura, one of the people we support.

“I received an email the other week, with a letter from the Lord Mayor’s office attached, telling me I’d won,” said Julie.

“Laura was also very pleased to tell me a couple of days later, after she had received a letter from them.

“I was very pleased, it was a very nice gesture.”

Julie modestly said she was “Just doing her job,” when asked about her award win, but the letter Laura wrote to nominate her for the award detailed how much Julie had helped her, even giving up her spare time to catch up with Laura during the past year when she was unable to attend our day services.

Laura wrote:

“Since we have been on lockdown, life has been even more harder for me as a person with autism. I don’t have any parents or anyone that cares for me. So I was able to access support from my tutor, the person I’m nominating today at Autism Together.

“For the five weeks before I went back to woodwork, Julie Anglesey her name is, came twice a week on a Tuesday and a Friday and brought her dog for a walk along the beach. She goes above and beyond what her job requires of her.

Laura presenting the award certificate to Julie

Laura continued:

“This isn’t part of her job description. I would really like this lady to be nominated for an award and get recognized as the true living human, kind hardworking person that she is.

“I understand you have many people nominating people but this is a special case as she makes my life a whole lot easier.”

Mayor of Wirral, Councillor Tony Smith, said: “The Wirral Award is a way for the Council, on behalf of all local residents, to show its appreciation for the contribution volunteers make to local people and communities.

“Every recipient has gone above-and-beyond to support and improve the lives of others and all are great examples of Wirral’s long tradition of voluntary service.”

Lockdown restrictions mean that the traditional presentation ceremony at Wallasey town hall will not be possible this year. But Julie instead received a framed certificate and a small token of appreciation from the Mayor.