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The Michael Rosen Awards 2020

In a year which has been filled with unexpected and unique challenges, it was so wonderful to be able to celebrate our amazing staff and volunteers in our annual Michael Rosen Awards last night!

We would like to congratulate this year’s Michael Rosen Award recipients and acknowledge all they have done for the organisation in 2020:

And the winners are…

Best Volunteer Award

Runner up: Shaun Lyons
Winner: Kate Nicklin

Inspiring Leader Award

Joint winner: Juan Gallego
Joint winner: Pauline Campbell

Best Colleague Award

Runner up: Bruno Powell
Winner: Aisha Bhatti

Transforming Lives Award

Runner up: S’s team
Winner: Carly Kirton

Best Team Award

Runner up: Tree House
Winner: Old Oak Road and Ellingham Road team

Special Recognition Award 2020

The COVID Task Team

Image shows a collage of peer facilitators in Connect and Do

The Michael Rosen Award

Last night Sheila Rosen announced that the Community Development Team and Connect & Do Peer Facilitators are our 2020 Michael Rosen Award winners!

The Michael Rosen Award is the ultimate accolade in our annual awards ceremony. It is awarded to the person or team who the judging panel feels has truly gone above and beyond and best represents what makes Certitude such a great organisation.

Presenting the award, Sheila said:

“Without doubt, the winner of this year’s Michael Rosen Award has shown Certitude’s values – working together they have inspired each other and those around them and have definitely upped their game in terms of the work they do!

Up until March this year, their work focused on working directly with people – sharing interests, skills and an abundance of artistic talent. When the country went into lockdown, they quickly worked out how to carry on – but online!

Over the past few months, this small team along with talented peer facilitators have kept people across Certitude entertained, motivated and able to learn new skills and interests. From laughing yoga to singing, to art and design sessions, they have created a weekly programme of activities that are now available not just within Certitude, but to anyone, anywhere!”

Congratulations to Jake, Jade, Rhona, Jess, Jeff, Sabine, Bertha, Lorna, Tasha, Ruby, Ide, Zeenat, Toyosi, Sorcha, Hetty and Shane!

We’d also like to give a special mention and massive thanks to the staff and paid facilitators who have given their time and talent to the Connect & Do Programme this year.

They are:

  • The choir masters, Edward and Theo
  • Janine Braun
  • Arlo and the team at The Gate
  • Jeanette, Judith and The Astley Team
  • Ahmed and Ali from the Connect & Do space in Lambeth
  • Derek Whitaker and The Arc Team
Well done to all the nominees, runner-ups and winners, and thank you to Sheila Rosen and family, without whose support our awards would not be possible.