PaCC champion awards
Each year the PaCC present awards to professionals who have gone above and beyond the call of duty in their work with disabled children and children with special needs and their families.
how it works
The perfect way to say thank you for the great work done by people in Brighton and Hove.
Help us identify a professional, a team or an organisation in the Social Care, Health, Education or Voluntary Sector who has gone that extra mile for you and your child during the past 12 months. Help us making them PaCC 2019 Champions! You can nominate online by clicking the button below.
See who was awarded what and hear from the people that nominated them.
For the Education category the winner of PaCC Awards 2019 Charlotte Gould, Teaching Assistant at St John's College, Brighton; “ She put her heart and soul into helping my son through all his difficulties. She kept him safe and through intensive interaction helped him communicate better and be better understood. His confidence and ability to settle into life in College and outside improved because of this. It helped my stress levels calm down, knowing she had his back. She communicated well with me as well. Big thank you. We love you Charlotte.”
For the Health category the winner of PaCC Awards 2019 Dr Lucy Allsopp, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist Chalkhill & Urgent Help Service "Lucy is my child's psychiatrist and I can honestly say that without her leadership in the clinical team, her empathy, and knowledge I don't know where we will be. One of Lucy's qualities is that she is open to ideas, takes parent and my daughter’s views into consideration and works really hard to advocate for the child and family in a multi-disciplinary context. Mental Health services get overlooked in awards such as these and I truly feel that Chalkhill should be recognised as providing an excellent service to meet the needs of young people to improve their mental health and emotional wellbeing so that young people are supported to self-manage and reach their potential.”
Social Care Champion
The PaCC Award 2019 for the Social Care in the Community category winner is Vikki Witham, Manager, Drove Road Respite Unit “Vikki has been there supporting us every step of the way, whilst still managing Drove Road and frequently having to work 'hands on' in the unit... Vikki has also been supporting us with all the issues around my son not having school transport in place. No matter what huge pressure Vikki has been under with managing Drove Road, she has always been extremely supportive to us all as a family.”
Social Care Champion
The PaCC Award 2019 for the Social Care in Education category winner is Hailey Sellins, Pupil Welfare Officer at Westdene Primary School “Hailey is the most incredible professional and she has a hugely positive impact on our family. She works empathically and holistically to give young carers the very best support at Westdene Primary school and her young carers group and approach has been held up as a model of best practice. The very careful and thoughtful care and input and ‘special time’ she has given my daughters has hugely benefited their wellbeing and helped them better cope with the pressures of having a profoundly disabled sister. This has had a ripple effect across the entire family and means I am better able to cope and look after my disabled daughter too.”
The PaCC Award 2019 for the Voluntary Sector winner Louise Howe, Amaze Face to Face Co-Ordinator “Louise, is almost constantly working voluntarily for families in Brighton and Hove. Hosting parties and social events, organising fundraisers and working hard to improve lives. Louise makes a difference to so many families in Brighton and Hove every day and was one of the first friendly faces to offer me advice and support when I started my own journey in autism, much of the information she shared has widened my family's possibilities.”
The PaCC Special Award for Excellence 2019 winner is Andrew Wealls, “He has spent many years advocating for children with learning disabilities and their families. He has supported mASCot and worked closely with them over the years. He responds to every individual that contacts him in a way that you know is unique to each individual. Most importantly, he doesn't just talk the talk... he walks the walk!”
PaCC Posthumus for Excellence 2019 winner is Kristy Janet Baldock, “Kristy died on Saturday 2nd November after a sudden and tragic complication. We would like to recognise her posthumously for her professionalism and kindness shown to all our families and children attending appointments at Chailey. She always chatted with us, and she always remembered our son, welcoming him kindly and patiently answered all his questions about dogs and let him play with her special doggy calendar. The Facebook tributes show how many lives she touched. We were devastated by this news.”
For the Education category the winner of PaCC Awards 2018 Nickie Poulton, Teaching Assistant; “Nickie is an amazing human being! She works tirelessly for the Friends of Downs View Committee taking on the main bulk of organising fundraising events for the school. Without her they would be lost! She has selflessly helped us so much to look after our son during the holidays and is just amazing and gives all her energy and life to the school and our children”
For the Health category the winner of PaCC Awards 2018 is Rob Low, Head of BSUH Audiology One of the parent carers who nominated him stated that "Rob diagnosed my son's profound hearing loss when he was just 3 and a half weeks old. His kindness on that day, his understanding and genuine care for my son and our whole family meant that I walked out a little shaken, yes, but feeling safe and supported... He has been a tireless and passionate champion of the city's deaf children. He was at the forefront of the National Newborn screening programme and leads an outstanding team of paediatric audiologists.”
Social Care Champion
The PaCC Award 2018 for the Social Care category winner is Laura Ielpo, Personal Assistant. One of the parent carers who nominated them said; “Laura is an amazing woman! Laura works full time but always makes time to look after our son and be there for us as a family. Laura has helped J overcome fears, such as he recently had his first ever haircut in 11 years! He loves er and tells her so all the time. She is selfless, caring, compassionate and so kind... Laura has brought J so many smiles, fun and laughter, things no money can buy, and we can never thank her enough.... We love her and would be lost without her and we feel so lucky to have her in our life”
The PaCC Award 2018 for the Voluntary Sector Joint winners are Mimi Banks - mASCot programme & development co-ordinator. A parent who nominated her commented; “My son has many additional needs including severe anxiety and selective mutism. He has never accessed a club in his life until we found mASCot. The 11+ youth club is a wonderful place, he can truly be himself without judgement. Thanks to Mimi making him feel warmly welcomed, he actually talks, interacts and eats whilst he is there - so very special.”
The second PaCC Award 2018 for The Voluntary Sector goes to Elana Woodham; Volunteer a Sweetpeas A parent who nominated her commented; “Elana is an amazing woman with a big heart and she is great with my twins, they think the world of her! She has provided me with so much support, advice and kindness since the first time I went to Sweetpeas, which has been invaluable to me. Elana needs to be recognised for her outstanding work.”
For the Education category the joint winners of PaCC Awards 2017 are Antigone Nikiteas, Teaching Assistant ; “Antigone has got an amazing ability to help and build confidence in children. She is the only person who is able to deal with challenging behaviour and avoidance. She has made an enormous difference to us”
Lyndsey Judge, Playgroup SENCO ; “Society needs more people like Lyndsey as she is so amazing. I feel like she deserves an award for all the hard work she does to make such a difference to people's lives”
For the Health category the winner of PaCC Awards 2017 is Lisa Craig, Occupational Therapist One of the parent carers who nominated her stated that "Maybe it seems strange to mention bravery - after all, Lisa was just doing her job. Brave strong, sure and very loving and kind - all these words describe Lisa and it takes courage to witness a family in pain over days, months, years and to keep being hopeful and kind and open to helping in whatever way works”
Social Care Champion
For the Social Care category the winner is Amanda Graham, Personal Assistant. One of the parent carers who nominated them said; “Despite her heavy workload, she was there for us when times were incredibly hard for us as a family. It would be lovely for her to realise how much she is appreciated and what a wonderful person she is”
The PaCC Award 2017 for the Voluntary Sector goes to Pippa Hodge for her outstanding work with T21 - a group for families with children with Downs Syndrome. A parent who nominated her commented; “Pippa throws her passion and energy and enthusiasm into supporting our T21 families... She has grown and developed the fledgling T21 group into a thriving community and gives immeasurable support to many, many families who are forging lifelong links for themselves as parents and a crucial friendship network for the children. She is quite simply brilliant!”
The PaCC Award 2017 for Community Business goes to Catherine Newell; Parent Group Co-ordinator and Counsellor A parent who nominated her commented; “Catherine facilitates a support group for parent/carers. She provides a safe and confidential place for parent carers to offload and dig deep with many anxieties and fears they have surrounding their situation... Her way of working in a small closed group of parent carers fills that great void which can otherwise be filled with depression, anxiety, social wilderness... She helps us to help ourselves and our situations and to see the light in front of us. The group is so enlightening... It's unique and needs recognition”
Special Award for outstanding contribution to SEND families in Brighton & Hove
A PaCC Special Award 2017 goes to Lizzie Batten; DLA and PIP Support Manager A parent who nominated her commented; “Incredible Lizzie is a force of nature in the Voluntary sector. She helped me fill out my DLA application twice - once when my son was first diagnosed and again 5 years later when we needed to renew. It was so reassuring to have someone there who's an absolute expert in the field. She is a shining star at Amaze and her reputation is untouchable. She is very worthy of an award”
For the Education category the winner of PaCC Awards 2016 is Natalie Stone, Early Years Worker Natalie was nominated for the support she provides parents through Sweat Peas. One of the parent carers who nominated her stated; “Natalie supports my twin boys at the Sweet Peas group. She has such a kind generous nature & is amazing with my boys. She is always happy and patient & she is very engaging with the children and does great activities and play with them. She is a real champion in my eyes!”
For the Health category the winner of PaCC Awards 2016 is Louise Loadsman, Special Needs School Nurse, Seaside View. One of the parent carers who nominated her stated that "Louise is an exceptional health professional. She is super professional, empathic and goes out of her way to support our family through thick and thin.” Unfortunately Louise couldn’t make it herself but the award was collected on her behalf.
Social Care Champion
For the Social Care category the judging panel agreed to have two winning teams in this category as nominations were equally strong. The PaCC Awards 2016 goes to Taxi Driver and Escort John Whittan and Ann Head. One of the parent carers who nominated them said; “John and Ann are my daughter’s incredible transport team. They really do go over and above in their roles, they are really empathic and supportive, cope brilliantly with my daughter’s epilepsy and health needs and have become an invaluable member of her team. Livvy regularly has significant tonic clonic seizures in their taxi and they are calm and caring and they really do adore her. She couldn’t be in safer hands and having had many teams over the years, John and Ann really do stand out.”
The second winning team to receive the PaCC award for Social Care 2016 are Wayne Brookes-Baker and Denise Bell. A parent carer who nominated them commented; “Wayne takes my son to school in his taxi for school transport. Wayne is terrific. He always comes to the door to pick up Miguel for school with a smile and asks how we are. He is patient and lifts my spirits for the day. He has gone way beyond the call of duty and been very flexible. Once my son was sick and his walking frame was at the special school, Wayne delivered it to my son’s other school – I didn’t even ask him to. Amazing!”
And finally the PaCC Award 2016 for the Voluntary Sector. Again the judging panel decided on two winners as both entries were equally strong. The First award goes to Sally Howell for her outstanding work with the Brighton Pebble’s Group. A parent who nominated her commented; “Sally organises all the Brighton Pebbles events and fundraises tirelessly for many families that are members of Pebbles. She does it even though she and her family can rarely attend the events. Her commitment to families and her loyalty to Pebbles is outstanding and unique. She deserves a reward such as this. A hugely gracious person she rarely understands how valued she is to Brighton Pebbles; and the whole group works because of all she does for us.”
The Second winner of the PaCC Award for Social Care 2016 goes to Kerry Korkunc for her outstanding work with the group Sweet Peas. A person who nominated her commented; “Kerry has been helping families at Sweetpeas for years. The families that come to sweetpeas (under 5’s) are usually very new to the SEND systems in brighton and Kerry is compassionate, understanding and full of advice. She also makes sure that the parents are well looked after”
During 2014 we received many excellent nominations, as proof that there are so many dedicated people in the city. 2014 PaCC Champion Awards were presented to:
For the education category the winner of PaCC Awards 2014 is James Maddox, Special Educational Needs Teaching Assistant at St. Andrew’s School in Hove. One of the parent carers who nominated him said “Mr. Maddox works so hard to get the best cognitively and academically from Ferris and empower him to achieve his potential, whether it is helping him to concentrate in a busy environment and pushing him to work, when he is so clearly daydreaming, or being innovative in making up games/rewards to focus Ferris and generally making school fun”
For the health category the winner of PaCC Awards 2014 is Virginia Harvey, Speech and Language Therapist Deafness at Hove Polyclinic. One of the parent carers who nominate her stated that “Virginia has worked with us as parents around our daughter’s complex speech and language/communication needs, advising and guiding us. Virginia has also worked with our daughter’s other services for consistency around our daughter’s communication”
Social Care Champion
For the social care category the judging panel agreed to have two winners in this category as nominations were equally strong. PaCC Awards 2014 goes to Emma Lowe, Outreach Services provided by Seaside View. In the words of the parent carer who nominated Emma “Emma has been taking our 13yr old, severely autistic son, Merlin Burrows, out on outreach sessions for six years now, after losing his 18 year old sister Taylor very suddenly. She has become Merlin’s ‘best friend’ and has changed our lives for the better. She takes Merlin horse riding and swimming every week. She is amazing!”
The other PaCC Awards 20914 for the social care category goes to Matthew Howson, Social Worker at Seaside View at the General Hospital in Brighton because, and I quote “Matthew has been a great social worker and has made a big difference in our family situation, always on time, available on phone and very helpful when needed”
Voluntary Sector Champion
And finally the PaCC Award 2014 for the voluntary sector category goes to Reza Ataie, volunteer co-ordinator of Dads Group in Brighton and Hove because "Reza has kept going with this despite the difficulties of supporting dads and male carers. This is very hard group to support: dads usually go out to work and are not as tuned in to support available or social networks as women, men are always less likely to communicate when they need help, men are unlikely to join in groups dominated by women”
As usual we would like to thank the four parent carers who were part of this year panel.
The 2013 PaCC Champion Awards were presented to:
In the Education Category we had an incredible list of dedicated people who provide invaluable support to our families. The winner was Ollie Kendall, SENCO and teacher who was nominated because, in the words of a parent, “From the moment Ollie introduced himself to us he showed complete respect and had enormous belief in my child’s ability to learn and belong at her (mainstream) secondary school. He knows his pupils well and pushes for change within an often inflexible system of learning and proves what is possible when a child is valued. My child’s experience at her school has improved in many ways having a true ally with her.”
Dr.Vivienne Campbell , Neuropaediatrician at Seaside View, Brighton General Hospital received several nominations in the always so important Health Category. One parent told us: “I trust that Vivienne Campbell will always give me an honest and sometimes frank view of my son’s healthcare. She will happily take the time to discuss in great detail any aspect of my son’s condition and yet I always leave meetings with a positive outlook on the situation. She always makes sure that I have a clear understanding and she leaves me with a strong sense that she will do anything she can to help him. When problems have arisen she has always returned my phone calls promptly to discuss my concerns.”
Another parent pointed out "Dr. Campbell at Seaside View has always gone out of her way to help my family in any way she can, and whenever I have made a specific request relating to some issue with which we needed help. On numerous occasions she has responded immediately (and beyond the call of duty) to our need for help with specific formal issues and written us letters, or done whatever was needed to help make my family’s life caring for a disabled child easier. SHE IS AMAZING, kind, thoughtful and conscientious and I would like all her extra work, time and trouble to be recognised.”
Social Care Champion
From the ten strong nominees in the Social Care Category the panel selected Clare King, youth worker at Brighton and Hove City Council Youth Service. Her parent nomination said “Clare has been working with my daughter, who has Aspergers, to help her become more independent. My daughter can find new situations very distressing, but Clare is very patient and understanding and together they have been trying new things so that she now wants to try to do more. My daughter doesn’t like going out, but she enjoys her outings with Clare. They’ve been bowling, to the pictures and just shopping into Brighton. With Clare it’s more like going with a friend and my daughter comes back smiling and happy, which makes me feel happy too. My daughter even offered to walk down the road and post a letter for me this week. She would never have done that before she met Clare. People like Clare are brilliant and I shall be so sad when she’s no longer able to work with my daughter because she will be missed.”
Voluntary Sector Champion
The fifteen Voluntary Sector nominations showed examples of the incredible energy and dedication of so many volunteers active in the city. The award went to Becky Jenner, Director of Extratime because “Becky started extratime 12 years ago when our daughter started special school and it has been a life line to our family, providing much needed respite and entertainment for our daughter who is now 16. Our daughter was able to access the excellent after school facilities at Hillside until she left this summer. We miss the weekly sessions very much now but she is still able to enjoy extratime in the holidays when she goes to the YMCA. The activities are relevant to her age and she enjoys doing ‘teenager type things’ with her friends. If it hadn’t been for Becky’s continued drive over the years, extratime would not be where it is today.”
Another nomination stated “Becky is a great parent, carer and leader; a shining role model, as well as a great support to me and hundred’s of parents across our city in so many helpful ways. A huge thanks to Becky for ‘being there’ and walking alongside the parents she supports with her work. It is a pleasure to know her; she is genuine, kind and compassionate.”
The judging panel also decided to acknowledge the incredible effort of some other amazing people who had been nominated by giving two special awards.
The first for Outstanding Support went to Bob Wall, head teacher of Hillside, to recognise his immense dedication. “Having met Bob on many occasions he has always been great at supporting children and families with extra needs. Even though I’ve never had a child at Hillside I have always heard parents speak very highly of Bob. Also after reading about him retiring, what a fitting way to say thank you for all he has done.”
The other special award went to mASCot, the support group for parents and carers of children with autism. The organisation was praised for giving an independent voice to children with autism and their families and for providing a network of support and mutual advice. One parent said “Without this group I would not have met other families in the same position as me and would have felt isolated. It has been such a positive experience being part of mASCot. They work tirelessly to ensure that the needs of ASC children are better understood by others, for example, they were instrumental in making sure our voices were heard at the current local authority ASC Scrutiny Panel meetings.”
We would like to thank the 2013 panel of judges for taking the time to make some difficult decisions. Once again our judging panel was chaired by Ros Cook, Operations Manager at Amaze who kept order over one of our PaCC co-chairs, a PaCC Steering Group member, two people from PaCC wider membership and Paolo Boldrini, the PaCC Participation Worker.
The 2012 awards were judged by a panel of parents who gave each nomination equal consideration when deciding who to give the award to in each category.
The health champion was Julie Yates dental nurse at Conway Court who worked tirelessly with one young man to help him overcome his fear of dentists.
The voluntary champion was Gillian Kitchener from Kaleidoscope. One parent said of Gillian "We are very lucky to know Gillian. She has and is making a positive difference for many children and young people in her work running Kaleidoscope. She has challenged people’s thinking and attitudes with endless strength, determination and a wicked sense of humour."
The social care champion was OT Jane Cleaver for making a huge difference in one family’s life.
Julie Lawrence from Patcham High was judged to be the education champion. The parent that nominated her said "Julie goes beyond the call of duty to ensure everything runs smoothly and regularly communicates with me on all aspects of the school day. This gives me peace of mind which is priceless."
The PaCC also awarded Jenny Brickell, Service manager of the Integrated Child Development and Disability Service a special award for her work in promoting the partnership between her team and parents.
For the first time parents were asked to vote for their champion in four sectors.
The health champion was Nicky Smith SALT whose was nominated because she has great knowledge and expertise about my son’s condition and is able to share this with his school team to ensure his needs are met.
The social care champion was jointly awarded to Karen Parker, key worker at SSV and Abby Maitland in the CAMHS team at SSV. The parent who nominated Karen did so for her warm and helpful personality.
The education champions were Phillipa Poole and Kendra Stonehouse from Balfour. They were described as two fab women in their work helping one parent’s daughter gain confidence and build up her strength in order to gain access to mainstream education.
The voluntary sector award was given to Sam Bayley from mASCot for her work in setting up the parent support group for parents with children on the autistic spectrum.
Awards were given to:
- Tudor House team. The parent who nominated them quoted “They’re a fantastic bunch of people. They give my daughter superb care and provide a warm, stimulating and respectful environment where she can blossom. Hurrah for Tudor House!”
- Lizzie Batten – DLA co ordinator at Amaze
- Dr John Trounce – consultant at the children’s hospital
- Dr Sian Bennett – Consultant Paediatrician at Seaside View
- Bob Wall – Head teacher at Hillside School
Individual awards given to :
- Marina Brewerton – for being such a support
- Anne Robson – for her outstanding support for ASC children
- Dr Jennifer Chapman – for going the extra mile
- Sue Crane – for her excellence, knowledge and expertise
Team awards were given to:
- Extratime – for allowing disabled children to experience new things in a positive and supportive atmosphere
- SSV Nursery Nurse team – for their skill and enthusiasm
- ASCSS team – for their outstanding support of children with ASC
- Hillside school staff team – for offering help and support over the call of duty