Martin Hunter, the Service Manager for Priory Supported Living Scotland, has been shortlisted in the National Learning Disabilities & Autism Awards, after being nominated by a service user, who was supported to complete a degree and get a job.
The awards celebrate the successes of individuals, teams and businesses in the learning disabilities and autism sector. They acknowledge people who support those with learning disabilities and autism and recognise inspirational individuals who make a real difference within their communities.
Martin is a finalist in Breaking Down Barriers award category. The winner will be announced at a Gala Evening, which will take place on Friday 29th October in Birmingham.
Martin took over the management of Priory Supported Living Scotland in 2018. The service supports people with learning disabilities, autism and mental health needs to live happy and fulfilling lives in their own homes within their communities.
The service user Martin supported had struggled for many years to complete qualifications and to gain suitable employment due to his autism, which manifests as high anxiety and stress. With support from Martin’s team, he has now completed his degree and secured a job, which is going so well that he has won an excellence in customer service award. This has been made possible by the work Martin put in to building a stable team, and deepening family involvement with his care.
Martin said; “The main thing I am happy with is that one of our service users is so pleased with the support provided and thinks we deserve an award for this. It’s not been the best of years for everyone, but a particularly tough year for myself both at work and personally, so it is a real boost to be shortlisted for this. I consider this a nomination for the full team that is involved. They do a fantastic job”
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