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Top Support for Supported Employment
Thursday 17th December, 2009

Top Support for Supported Employment
Pamela Broom, Individual of the Year.

The council’s top brass, as well as a number of business leaders, turned out to celebrate the supported employment service at a sparkling ceremony at Ince town hall last week.

The employment and training provider for people with a disability – part of the council’s Adult Services Department – has had a highly successful year, and their annual awards night enables managers there to thank individuals who they’ve helped into permanent employment, as well as applaud bosses from firms like Tescos, Asda, Morrisons and MPV Packaging.

Council leader, Lord Peter Smith, was joined at the ceremony by Deputy Leader Cllr David Molyneux and the council’s customer care champion, Cllr Chris Ready. The senior politicians were keen to meet the team and thank them personally for a highly successful year.

Lord Smith told said: “What we’ve seen tonight has been inspirational. On behalf of the council, I’d like to thank all employers who work to support these people to fulfil themselves in our community and give them respect and dignity. Thank you for all the inspirational work you all do.”

The senior councillors presented awards to thrilled local employees, including:

Charles Warburton – 5 years’ service at MPV Packaging in Hindley Green
Wayne Curran – 5 years’ service as Tesco in Hindley
Tammy Gallagher – 5 years’ service at Asda in Horwich

There was a special award for Hindley’s Kevin Myler, who has clocked up a very impressive 15 years’ service at the Morrisons supermarket in Ince, and the Employer of The Year Award went to Snuggledown Beds in Ashton. Supported Employment’s prize for Individual of the Year was awarded to Pamela Broome, who lives in Golborne. She’s made a strong impression on the team during her 15 years with them, and now works at Landgate School in Bryn.

The supported employment service were recently crowned Wigan Council’s own team of the year by Lord Smith, and their last visit from the Ofsted inspectors saw them rated as ‘Outstanding’. As well as organising employment for over a hundred local people, they offer training and advice for anyone facing complex barriers to getting and keeping a job.

The awards’ night at Ince town hall saw over a hundred people, as well as their carers, parents and employers, enjoy a hot pot supper and lively disco. The event was sponsored by the Ale House of Henrietta Street, Leigh.

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