Thanks to all the guests who made the time to come along to our Gala on Friday and celebrate with us at the impressive Highbury Hall. We had a great time and we hope you did too.
As ever, the Gala guests were a unique mix of people. They included not just our own staff (including volunteers, trainees and interpreters), but commissioners, partners, members of our board, and a number of people we have supported over the last year.
Board Chair, Ann Forletta, said, “It was great to see so many people at the Gala coming together to celebrate the achievements of the last year. Part of what our Gala is about is enabling people, who may not normally meet, to have a conversation and hopefully to go away understanding that little bit more. Maxine Brown, the Gala organiser, did a great job to come up with an event that felt special and – we felt – had something for everyone.”
Maxine said, “I thought the Gala went really well. The gardens at Highbury Hall are lovely and I’m pleased the weather was good enough for us to be able to enjoy them! The quiz that our co-ordinating team came up with made for a great ice-breaker and the Mercian String Quartet helped to give the evening a real sense of occasion.”
The main part of the night was our awards ceremony.
As well as the Partnership Awards, which you can read about in our previous blog post, we also gave awards to members of staff and clients who’ve achieved great things over the last year. You can see a full list of names and more details on our Award Winners page.
These awards, which recognise the achievements of the people we’ve worked with, are probably the most important awards of the evening.
It was a difficult task, as most of the 9000+ people we’ve worked with over the last twelve months have achieved something, whether that’s a personal goal or a change to their lifestyle or behaviour. However, we asked the people who know best – our staff – to pick out the people who are most memorable to them; those who have achieved something out of the ordinary or who have overcome a particularly high hurdle.
Everyone who received a qualification with Gateway in the last 12 months also received a learner’s award.
- The Volunteers and Health Ambassadors achieved Employability and Personal Development level 1 and some also completed Youth at Risk training
- Training to Care trainees achieved Diplomas in Health and Social Care level 2
- Interpreters finished their course in Community Interpreting. To date 25 people have completed the course and it means we can now cover 19 languages.
Making a Positive Social Impact
One of Gateway’s core values is to make a positive social impact with everything we do. So these awards are nominated by staff for their colleagues who they feel have made a particularly positive social impact, on them, the organisation or their clients over the last 12 months, by going above and beyond their job role. We are pleased to say that this year we have received a record number of nominations.
You can see a full list of award winners on our Award Winners 2014 page.
Maxine said, “Thanks to the venue team at Highbury, for whom nothing was too much trouble. And we mustn’t forget the superb disco, which finished the evening off a treat!”