‘The National Learning Disabilities and Autism Awards 2016’

LDA awardsBirtenshaw is proud to announce that two members of Care Services Team have been shortlisted as finalists by ‘The National Learning Disabilities and Autism Awards 2016’ for their excellence in supporting children and young people with a disability.

Colin Peel, Registered Manager Designate for the Children’s Short Breaks Centre, has been shortlisted for the Frontline Leader Award. He is described by his colleagues as an enthusiastic leader, boosting morale and providing great support to what is a complex and fast paced service. Dedicating much of his personal time to the role his commitment and ability resonates throughout the organisation, as well as with other professionals and services.

Speaking to Colin he stated:IMG_0454

“I was humbled and honoured to find out that I had been nominated for the Front Line Leader category, but to reach the finals for the award is amazing. It just goes to show what amazing people I work alongside at Birtenshaw”.

Colin also praised the Short Breaks Team

“Short Breaks is a fantastic service to work in and our team is outstanding!…All the staff work incredibly hard and are committed to providing positive outcomes for young people as well as demonstrating a positive can do attitude”.

Penny MeahPenny Meah, Registered Manager Designate for Harley Avenue, has also been confirmed as a Finalist in the Manager Award category. Penny’s diligence and commitment has been recognised across all services, where the needs of the young people are always at the forefront of her decision making process. This is reflected in the positive relationships she has been able to develop with the young people.

Discussing her nomination and shortlisting Penny Meah said:

“I feel very honoured to have been nominated for the Learning Disability and Autism Awards in the Managers category.  I couldn’t have achieved this without the great team that work alongside me and the support I have received.  This makes Harley Avenue an outstanding home and great place for the young people to live”.

Penny was also praised by the Registered Manager at Harley Avenue, Mark Brennan:

“…the support I receive from Penny has been invaluable and her contribution is appreciated by the whole staff team and young people!”

David Reid, Chief Executive:

“It is wonderful that two more Birtenshaw employees, Penny Meah and Colin Peel have got through to the finals of national awards. This time it is the National Learning Disability and Autism Awards and Penny and Colin are finalists in the manager and front line leader categories respectively.  It is great to see such dedicated and hardworking individuals receive recognition for their role in improving the lives of young people with a learning disability or autism.  This is a wonderful achievement for Penny and Colin individually but it also reflects the phenomenal growth and success of Birtenshaw in general”.


Congratulations to Colin and Penny and we wish them the best of luck during their interviews and on the night!

National Learning Disabilities and Autism Awards 2016

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