Our North England maintenance team have been shortlisted for the Care Home Awards 2018, in recognition of the difference they’re making to the autistic people living in our services. Congratulations to Robert, Clive, Jonathan, and James!

There are 31 finalists and our team is up for the Best Faculties Management or Maintenance Team award. The winners will be announced at a special ceremony on Wednesday 27 June at the ExCel in London. 

The Care Home Awards are benchmarks for innovation and excellence in care home management, operations and delivery of service, as well as for the suppliers to the sector.

Our North England maintenance team do a fantastic job keeping our services and offices running. But they frequently go beyond this and often take on a mentoring role with the autistic people we support, encouraging them to join them when they're completing maintenance tasks and see how it is done.  

This has been particularly helpful as a distraction during periods of change or transition, which can be very difficult for some autistic people and leave them feeling overwhelmed or anxious. The maintenance team have always been happy to step in and help, showing patience and upskilling others.

For example, one member of the team recently helped one person living in one of our homes to transition to his own house, by giving involving him in his work polishing a beautiful piece of furniture (which is now used in our café). This was a welcome distraction and helped reduce his anxiety about this transition.

Claire Graham, the National Autistic Society’s Area Manager (North), said: “Our maintenance team do an absolutely brilliant job, frequently going above and beyond to help others – particularly the autistic people we support. Being shortlisted for the Care Home Awards is testament to their commitment and the impact of their work.

“The team have a positive and helpful attitude and consistently show dedication and pride in their work.  They always consider the individual needs and sensory sensitivities of the people we support – and often work outside of normal working hours to create less disruption.

“The team will also present new ideas, products and technology and do research to keep services looking good and up to date. They’re brilliant and would be deserved winners of this award.”