Hosted by the National Disability Services WA, the awards honour disability support organisations and their support workers for the massive achievements that they have made within the disability sector. Organisations from across the state, all come together for an extravagant three course meal held at The Crown with hundreds of nominees falling into the seven categories. This year, one of our support workers, Kat Papalia was nominated by the family of an individual she supports as well as our own Claremont Tigers group. Claremont Tigers was nominated in the category of Excellence in Supporting Social Inclusion and were declared finalists on the evening. This award category seeks to highlight any practice that promotes inclusivity within a disability support delivery service, showcasing the good work that the Claremont Tigers group does on a daily basis alongside the extensive planning done by our team leaders. As testament to these support workers, the awards recognise the people who go beyond expectations and ordinary standards of service to highlight those who have a profound impact on the lives of the people they support.
This evening allowed an opportunity to highlight the good work that our support workers contribute to, not only on an individual support worker level but on a company wide scale, bringing Directions to the forefront of what it means to provide a person-centred approach to our support. The integral role in which support workers play in promoting and working towards an individual’s goals is an important factor within the support we provide. As every individual has their own funding, their own ambitions and goals providing an opportunity to express their self-control is an important factor in the way that support is delivered. This work is always recognised by staff of Directions but as the evening proved, also recognised by the community.
A massive congratulations to those who were nominated and a thank you to those who continue to re-define the role of support worker!