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Armagh care home scoops national award

April Cottage, part of a specialist care service in Armagh, have won the Best Practice category of awards which recognise contributions care services make to helping people with conditions such as autism and ADHD to manage their wellbeing. April Cottage was awarded the accolade for improving their residents’ life skills and helping them to become more independent.

Emma Rafferty, Regional Behaviour Specialist for the provider’s owners, Priory Adult Care, nominated April Cottage for the award. She helped staff at April Cottage to improve best practice and develop innovative ways of managing behaviour and offering specialist support to individuals with specific needs.

April Cottage was presented with the accolade during an award ceremony at the Hampshire Court Hotel, Basingstoke. The ceremony was part of a conference that gave attendees an insight on how to best use the creative arts and activities to help people with special needs develop key skills and improve their quality of life.

Priory Adult Care was presented with two other awards at the ceremony, Instructor of the Year and Innovative Practice.

April Cottage is home to six female residents, and is one of five bungalows which make up Apple Mews care home. Altogether Apple Mews supports up to 30 residents with autism, learning disabilities and physical disabilities.

Apple Mews is located in Armagh and is managed by Priory Adult Care, a division within the renowned Priory Group, the mental healthcare specialists.

Debbie Carey, Registered Manager at Apple Mews, said: “This is an amazing achievement for the whole team in April Cottage. Emma’s work helps residents to achieve highly positive outcomes.

Roberta Wilson, Regional Director of Northern Ireland at Priory Adult Care, said: “I am really proud of April Cottage for receiving this great award. It is such an excellent achievement. I want to take this opportunity to thank Emma, Debbie and all of the staff there for everything they have done in improving best practice.