Two Greenfields staff members have been recognised after being shortlisted four times for awards celebrating those who help residents live healthy and happy lives.
Val Thompstone, Greenfields’ Digital Inclusion Co-ordinator, won the Connect Well Award at the Marvels of Mid Awards, run by Mid Essex NHS Clinical Commissioning Group. James Taylor, Health & Wellbeing Co-ordinator, was highly commended in both the Connect Well and Age Well categories
Val has been nominated for her work supporting residents to get online and take advantage of the opportunities and services available on the web. James’ work includes the Chair-Based Exercise programme, which offers life-changing benefits to residents and volunteers.
James says: “The programme is particularly beneficial for some as not only does it provide much-needed exercise for mobility and strength but there are several great outcomes. These include needing less medical treatment, reducing falls and helping with every day activities, such as reaching for an item on a high shelf or opening jars. It’s fantastic to be recognised in this way, and I can’t thank my volunteers, who help to teach the classes, enough.”
Val says: “I have seen first-hand that being online can improve people’s lives in so many ways – ranging from an increase in confidence through new-found skills, to reconnecting with old friends and making new ones. I am so proud of the Greenfields residents that have gone online with the help of my invaluable volunteer Digi-Pals. I share this award with them.”
James is also one of eight Live Well Community Ambassadors for 2017; which also includes Daphne Attridge, 93, who regularly volunteers at Broomfield Hospital.
The winners were announced at the awards ceremony at the Mid Essex CCG Annual General Meeting on 28 September 2017 at Chelmsford City Football Club.
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