Thousands of men and women have overcome their drug and alcohol addiction with the help of RAPt. To make this possible, RAPt relies on the expertise, dedication and commitment of staff, Peer Supporters and Peer Mentors at every level. To mark the enormous contribution made by so many unsung heroes, staff were invited to submit nominations for the RAPt Values Awards – a name chosen because the categories reflect the values considered to embody the spirit of RAPt.
RAPt Values Awards categories.:
- Robust (High Quality Service Delivery) – Team and individual
- Committed (‘Extra Mile’) – Individual
- Sustained (Innovation/creativity) – Individual
- Supportive – Individual
- Peer Champion – Individual (both Peer Supporters and Peer Mentors eligible)
- Outstanding Partner – Individual (person who works with RAPt but is not an employee e.g. seconded prison officer, partner staff member etc).
Nathan Motherwell, RAPt Apprenticeship Co-ordinator, spoke about his appreciation at being nominated by a colleague.
“I was very honoured to have been nominated for a Values Award. I’m developing a new Apprenticeship Scheme at RAPt – challenging but hugely rewarding. As a RAPt graduate myself, I understand about creating opportunities for people and showing faith in their ability. It’s great that someone has taken the trouble to say they have faith in my ability!”
The judging panel then had the difficult job of selecting a shortlist of people who were invited to RAPt head office on May 23rd. As a prelude to the day, a ‘Cluster Marketplace’ was organised, to showcase and share new ideas and initiatives developed by RAPt teams across the organisation to improve the quality of service delivery.
Mike Trace, RAPt CEO, announced the winners and presented the Awards.
“So many people working for RAPt are prepared to go the extra mile every day to make sure the men and women using our services get the support they need. I’m very pleased to have been able to personally thank some of these people. I know it was a difficult job for the panel of judges to choose a shortlist because there were so many good nominations. It’s inspiring to know so much excellent work is underway across the organisation.”
Catherine Hirst, Learning & Development Facilitator, helped to organise the event and make sure the day went smoothly.
“It was wonderful to hear about all the extraordinary work being done all over RAPt. I was particularly pleased that two of the Peer Champion nominees were able to be present. The Peer Supporter role is hugely important to our work at RAPt, so it was wonderful to be able to show our appreciation and recognition in this way.”