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A group of Priory-run residential care services in Trowbridge, Wiltshire for adults with autism and learning disabilities are celebrating after two employees ‘who always go above and beyond’ had their work recognised at a national awards ceremony.

More than 200 people gathered at The Heythrop Park Hotel in Oxfordshire for the annual  Priory ‘PRIDE’ Awards, which aim to reward the achievements of outstanding staff members from amongst the 19,000 workforce, at more than 400 facilities managed by the Priory Group, the mental healthcare specialists.

Phil Dyson and Viv Hulbert – who help maintain Priory care homes and care services in Trowbridge, and also support individual residents to acquire new, practical skills - won in the ‘Being Positive’ award category, and were presented with their award by Priory Adult Care Chief Executive Office, James Willis.

He said that the maintenance duo were an example of what great support looked like.

“Nothing is too much trouble for Phil and Viv, who are always there and will stop what they are doing to help others first. They are also regularly supporting two residents, one of whom is now learning to look after the grounds and the skills he has gained led to a voluntary job as a groundsman. The other resident is building a shed. Phil and Viv regularly give their time to help residents learn the skills they need to live more independently.”

Other winners from across the Priory Group were nominated by colleagues and selected by a panel of judges from Priory Group’s executive team in categories such as ‘Being a Family’, and ‘Striving for Excellence’.

Mr Willis said: “Priory’s ‘PRIDE’ awards allow us to recognise people who are doing something exceptional. Many amazing things go on in our care homes every day and it was fantastic to celebrate the very best of Priory Adult Care – those people who make a real and lasting difference, daily, for those in their care.”

Priory Adult Care runs a cluster of services in Trowbridge including the Old Rectory, 82 Park Street, 65a Newtown and 22 Wingfield Road. The Old Rectory is for individuals who have autism and may also have an associated learning disability. Other services also provide a range of specialist residential and supported living services for adults aged 18 years and over with a learning disability, autism, dementia, Prader-Willi Syndrome or a mental health condition. Priory Adult Care also supports older people who require residential, nursing and dementia care in later life.

For more information on the specialist services Priory Adult Care can offer, please call the enquiries and referrals team on 0808 208 2147 or click here to make an enquiry.