Disability employment specialist awarded Most Inspirational Social Care Professional

March 12, 2018

A Surrey Choices employment support specialist is celebrating after winning a prestigious award at the National Autistic Society’s Autism Awards 2018.

Winner in the ‘Most Inspirational Social Care Professional’ category, Carolyn Tucker impressed the judges with her exceptional contribution to the lives of autistic people.

Carolyn supports people with a wide range of disabilities by helping them to find employment opportunities with local employers.

The support specialist works for the EmployAbility Service at Surrey Choices with adults who may have traditionally found it difficult to secure employment. EmployAbility is a dedicated service that helps to find work placements, training, volunteer opportunities and paid work with employers.

Christina Earl, Senior Operations Manager for Surrey Choices, commented:

“We are extremely proud of Carolyn for winning yet another award, particularly for her commitment to supporting autistic people into work. Carolyn makes a real difference to lives of the people she cares for. She consistently goes above and beyond for our customers and their families.”

The Autism Awards, which are supported by headline sponsor Axcis Education, recognise and reward services and professionals who are leading the way in innovative autism practice and making a real difference to the lives of autistic people in the UK. They seek to acknowledge the outstanding contributions and achievements of individuals, teams and organisations who have demonstrated excellence, dedication and commitment to improving the lives of autistic people.

Carolyn Said: “This is an absolute honour to win such a prestigious award, especially as there were so many high-quality nominations.

“I am committed to fulfilling the dreams of all my customers. I hope I can continue to inspire other people and organisations - and give them some ideas about how they can make a real difference to a person’s life."

Carol Povey, Director of the National Autistic Society's Centre for Autism, said:

"A huge congratulations to Carolyn. She should be very proud for standing out among many high quality nominations and impressing the judges with her success, and commitment to, supporting autistic people into fulfilling work. Support and services in the UK are still far too patchy. We hope that sharing the stories of our winners and finalists, including Carolyn’s, we will inspire other people and organisations - and give them some ideas about how they can make a real difference.”

The awards ceremony was held on Wednesday 7 March in Harrogate.

Surrey Choices provides a wide range of employment and community support, enabling adults with support needs or disabilities to gain independence and learn skills that will help them find paid or voluntary work.

To find out more about the projects available at Surrey Choices, email info@surreychoices.com or call 01483 806806.

For more information about the Autisim Awards winners and the awards, visit: www.autismprofessionalsawards.org.uk

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