In September, Action Mental Health’s Promote service held their annual awards ceremony to honour clients who have taken part in a wide-range of courses throughout the year.
Councillor Karen Douglas (Mayor of Ards and North Down), Patsie McManus Day Services Lead for Adult Disability (SEHSST), David Babington (Chief Executive of Action Mental Health), Stephen Gibson (Neighbourhood Officer – PSNI) and family and friends of the clients attended the awards that took place in the Bangor-based service for adults with learning disabilities.
Before the awards commenced those in attendance were treated to a number of performances from clients. Anika Johnston read a sensory story that she had written titled ‘Once on a Wild and Stormy Night’. The Environment Group demonstrated the Promote Environmental Pledge using Makaton and the Client Representatives explained their role in the service. The choir also performed Imagine Dragons’ top hit – On Top of the World – using Makaton and some stop-start animation projects, which clients had produced, were premiered.
Every client received a certificate with some other’s receiving prizes voted for by their peers. The top prize of the Outstanding Client of the Year, was scooped up by Darren Courtenay, as voted by the whole Promote staff team.
A full list of awards winners below.