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The winners of the 2020 Health and Wellbeing Awards in Coventry have been announced.
22 awards were given virtually in celebration of everything great that happens in health and wellbeing services across the city, especially throughout the challenging times of COVID-19.
They included leaders of the public health community, the city’s health grandees and the everyday selflessness of Coventry’s unsung community heroes.
Cllr Kamran Caan, portfolio holder for Public Health and Sport at Coventry City Council: “Congratulations to all of the winners and runners up of this year’s Health and Wellbeing Awards. I want to personally thank everyone across our health and wellbeing community for their hard work and commitment to the people of Coventry, especially in these uncertain times. The COVID-19 pandemic has added additional challenges to tackling health inequalities in Coventry, which is why this work is more important now than ever before.”
Liz Gaulton, Director for Public Health and Wellbeing said: “It is important to celebrate and recognise these achievements locally and share some positivity during these challenging times. The work of these organisations and individuals is crucial in building trust within our communities where strengthening a healthy, active and resilient city-wide partnerships is a priority. Congratulations to all our winner and runners, and thank you for everything you do for the health and wellbeing of Coventry.”
The winners were:
Director of Public Health's Award for Outstanding Contribution: Jane Coates for her contribution to the 2019/20 Year of Wellbeing; Victoria Leigh and Nicola Jones from Re-Solv who have worked tirelessly to change the way they deliver training in Coventry and run sessions to hundreds of front line workers over the last year; Cook Together Eat Together Project part of Groundwork West Midlands, who secured external funding for a partnership initiative giving practical cooking and nutrition support for older people; Sarah Emsden from the Anchor Centre for her endless helpfulness, joining other agencies together to support vulnerable people on their own terms; Sam Featherstone from CGL who has gone above and beyond to help CGL families and complex service users; Rokaya Batan from Coventry Healthy Lifestyles a lifestyle coach who goes the extra mile to support her clients; Kelly Eyden from Positive Choices who despite not being a runner has set up a running club and has been supporting staff during COVID to reduce the feeling of isolation; and Dave Johns from Arley Medical Services who was nominated because of his flexible approach, which has seen him step into helping out where service gaps have been identified.
Innovator of the Year: The Year 6 relaxation programme, developed by Coventry School Nursing Assistants, and run by Lena Prescott, Gillian Gillies, Angela Farma, Linda Land, Bonita Deegan and Louise Kelly. They provide early intervention that helps build lifelong resilience in children and young people.
Digital Innovation of the Year: Paul Woods at CGL Coventry for use of social media platforms and IT initiatives during lockdown that are now being considered for national use. This includes digital delivery prescription services and supporting vulnerable service users to access content.
Social Value Contribution: Positive Choices hard work beyond their commissioned responsibilities bringing people together with their Christmas grotto and allotment project.
Participation Award: Carers’ Wellbeing Project through HLS Coventry, for helping the 30,000 carers in the city maintain their own health and wellbeing in the lockdown.
Partnership Award: The Foleshill Partnership Group, who have supported 200 children and 14 families in the community, engaging many local women. Their work has also helped increase use of the park by residents and reduced police reports within the area.
Most NHS Health Checks: The Forum Health Centre.
Promoting Positive Change Award: Superdrug Hertford Street.
Most 4 week quits by a Pharmacy: Chemycare Ringwood Highway
Most 4 week quits by a GP practice: Moseley Avenue Surgery
Most 4 week quits in a PCN (primary care network): Coventry North with 15.3 quits per 1000 smokers
Most increased referrals to HLS: Dr Dadhania’s Surgery
Annemarie Atkins helps to support the Infant Feeding Team within the Coventry Family Health and Lifestyles Services twice a week as a Breastfeeding Counsellor (Association of Breastfeeding Mothers). She has supported two of the Family Hubs in Coventry voluntarily over the last few years offering breast / infant feeding support groups at Woodside and The Moat Family Hubs, where initiation and maintenance rates of breastfeeding have been historically lower than other parts of the city. Annemarie’s work has been invaluable helping families to understand the importance of building close and loving relationships with their babies for their emotional wellbeing and brain development. She also gives up her spare time to help support the National Breastfeeding Helpline.
Sally Keil has volunteered at CGL Coventry for almost two years and has a wealth of experience and understanding of substance misuse allowing her to support so many clients on a full-time basis. She has helped clients to gain confidence in themselves, to attend groups and be the best versions of themselves, frequently stepping outside her comfort zone to help and support others without judgement. Service users speak highly of her and about how she has given something extra to their recovery, pulling quite a few people back to safety who have found themselves 'on the brink' with her natural empathy and kindness. Sally also set up facilitates a weekly online women's group for those who are struggling with dependency issues and cannot attend the physical groups which are currently unavailable due to the current COVID-19 restrictions.
Alvaro Grana is 74 years old and has now volunteered with several charitable organisation in Coventry over the last decade including, Carriers of Hope, the Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre, and Coventry Peace House to support refugees and asylum seekers, lending a sympathetic ear to people struggling to adapt to life in the UK. He first came to Britain in 1973 from Peru to study in this country for two years. He returned to Britain in 1977 to escape from political upheaval in his home country after growing up in the Peruvian capital city, Lima, he witnessed extreme poverty surrounding and since the age of 10 he has been inspired to help people in need. Alvaro works closely with men in his role as group volunteer leader/co-ordinator, with the Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre’ providing empathy around men’s mental health issues, as well as volunteering as an adviser to male asylum seekers staying at the Coventry Peace House’s night shelter.
The awards are part of celebrating the public health “family” ethos in the spirit of our ‘One Coventry’ goal.