In order to recognise and celebrate the outstanding contribution of all staff, Tuesday evening saw the first ever Langdon Stars event. Following over 160 nominations from staff and the families of our Members, 17 awards were presented, including two for Outstanding Achievement.
The last couple of years have stretched us all, none more so than front line staff at Langdon, who, throughout the Pandemic were delivering essential practical and emotional support to our Members, helping them adapt to the ever changing situation. They spent months trying to keep Members spirits up, finding and creating safe activities for them to take part in when so little was available. Everyone had to get used to working very differently, not knowing how the virus was going to affect them individually, and sadly staff experienced the loss of family members, colleagues and Langdon Members. Very little could have prepared them for these months and years, but yet true to the Langdon values, they handled it all with integrity, dedication and compassion, working harder than ever to respond to Members needs.
Outstanding Achievement for Manchester went to Patrick Regan, a Support Worker, who has spent over 14 years at Langdon, was described as loyal, kind, exceptionally patient and a real team player loved by staff and Members alike. Martyn Hyland received the London award, for his work as an e-traders assistant at New Chapters, Langdon’s book selling social enterprise. Martyn has Cerebral Palsy and a mild learning disability who’s hard work, excellence and dedication is fundamental to the operations at New Chapters. The surprise award of the night went to Venetta (Vee) Bailey from Manchester, for long service. Vee has shown, dedication, loyalty, courage, and strength during her 20 years of service for Langdon.
Neil Taylor, Chief Executive said “Every single Langdon staff member should be very proud of the contributions they make to enable our Members to live their very best lives, and be their best true selves”.