James Punch Wins Trainer of the Year Award

Accomplish is delighted to announce that colleague James Punch has been presented with a national award recognising his passion and commitment.

James is National Trainer at Accomplish and in his role he works to enhance the skills of colleagues who support the people who use our services.

For his work he was named Trainer of the Year at the recent National Learning Disabilities and Autism Awards. It is the record-breaking eighth time he has been named as a finalist in the prestigious awards.

The 36-year-old from Leicester had already made history earlier this year when he was the first person to be a finalist in two categories at the Leicestershire Live Care Awards – taking home the title of Autism Support Professional of the Year.

James has been working to support people with additional needs since he was 16 and joined Accomplish Group in 2017. Having previously worked as a Support Worker, James brings his practical and real-life skills and experience into his work training colleagues in his role as a National Trainer.

He said: “It was such an honour to have been simply nominated and shortlisted, but to have won is just amazing. As my colleagues will tell you, I’m never lost for words but on this occasion I was speechless! I’m incredibly proud to have been recognised in this way.”

Jude Collins, HR Director at Accomplish Group, said: “We are incredibly proud of James and this most well-deserved achievement. Making sure our staff teams are trained in how to provide that kind of positive and independence-enhancing support is essential. James’ work in delivering training to help people deliver that support is second to none, as this well-deserved award demonstrates.

“In particular his work in delivering a national project to develop standards for the training, restraint reduction, incident prevention and use of restrictive interventions has been exceptional.

“To deliver such a vital programme, you need someone with passion, dedication and commitment – and we have that in James. His aim was to help us to achieve excellence in this vital area and he has gone above and beyond to do this.

“He worked tirelessly and through his absolute precision, consideration for the people we support and for our staff teams who provide that support, he has created bespoke training plans for staff across the group which enable them to develop the skills to deliver best-in-class support. We wish him a huge congratulations.”

Judges at the awards noted: “James showed incredible enthusiasm for his work and more importantly for the difference his training can make for the people supported. He delivers training programmes which train staff in working with people to ‘make their dreams happen’.”

Accomplish as a group, and individual colleagues within the organisation, were shortlisted as a finalist in two further categories at the awards.

Sheun Carter from Sheridan House was a finalist in the Newcomer Award while Accomplish Group as a whole were finalists in the Employer Award category.

If you’d like to find out more about Accomplish and our services, please contact us on 0333 240 7770 or by emailing info@accomplish-group.co.uk

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