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Support worker Simon Kerr from autism community house, Beech Hill in Haywards Heath, has won The Disabilities Trust’s employee of the year award.

Simon who was nominated for the award by his Manager Rachel Priestly, won it for his innovative thinking, project management and going the extra mile in his role.

Simon has created projects at the house to engage the people we support in meaningful activities, such as building the woodwork shed which is pictured here behind Simon and chief executive Irene Sobowale. Generously, he has used his free time to source various materials for the new ideas and has drawn up further plans for all to take part in.

Simon has also involved the whole house in decorating their own lounge; encouraging them to do it with no additional maintenance support.

Rachel Priestly said: “Simon works tirelessly to ensure that our service users have numerous interesting activities to do. He always does so much more than is expected of his role and I am delighted that he has won the employee of the year award.”

The Staff Awards were established in June 2014, with the aim of recognising employees who go the extra mile for the Trust. Every member of staff makes an invaluable contribution to our mission, and the Staff Awards ensure that the incredible difference they make is acknowledged and rewarded.