PersonAwards 2019

Posted on
04 October 2019



The PersonAwards 2019 got off to a mysterious start, with guests arriving masked.

Colleagues, partners and sponsors were welcomed into a silver and electric blue masquerade, with seven of the tables decorated with centrepieces made by staff and customers at Woodbury Short Stay, Pinfold Lane Day Centre, Escape and Grundy Day Centre.

After welcoming speeches from Kat Sowden and Craig Dearden-Phillips from Stepping Out, guests enjoyed a three course meal before enjoying a gentle ribbing from ex-Burlesque performer Heidi Bang-Tidy, who also judged the centrepieces and drew the raffle with the assistance of The Worshipful the Mayor of the Metropolitan Borough of Bury, Councillor Trevor Holt.

Thank you to all the organisations who donated to our raffle including Tesco, Automatic Cafe, The Clarence, The Red Hall Hotel, Verona Restaurant, Village Hotel Bury, David Hodes Opticians; we raised £454 for Bury Hospice.  Thanks also to the Friends of Persona and members of the Employee Forum and colleagues who arranged the raffle and prizes.

A huge thank you to our sponsors, who helped make the evening possible: Altura LearningBrunsdonHorsfield & SmithA&Papm DesignStepping OutBrand IdolHfXArt of BrilliancehiveXceed Care Compliance and Cuppaccino.

We were thrilled that so many of you could make it to the evening; if you couldn't, we hope you can join us next year.

Shortlisted and winners are chosen by the sponsors and all the nominations that these panels select from, come from our staff, partners customers!

So, over the coming year, if you see a someone doing something absolutely amazing, if you wonder what you'd do without a certain team, or if a customer tells you about someone going that extra mile for them, get in touch with the Communications Team and we'll help you make a note to put their names forward when the 2020 nominations are open. 

Just because you've seen something awesome, doesn't mean everyone else has, and you could be the difference in getting their story heard.

Contact us at, on 0161 2530 6000, or via the contact form - click here.

The winners of the 2019 PersonAwards are:

Learner of the Year  - Lorraine Morgan (Sponsored by Altura Learning)

Support Service Award - Angela Kelly (Sponsored by Brusndon)

The Dignity Award - Grundy Day Centre (Sponsored by Horsfield & Smith)

Young Carer of the Year - Natasha Galloway (Sponsored by A&P)

Rising Star Award - Maria Burke (Sponsored by apm Design)

Shared Lives Carer Award - Mirsad Vejsagic (Sponsored by Stepping Out)

Volunteer of the Year - Marie Lilley (Sponsored by Brand Idol)

Making a Difference to Customers Award - Re-Start: Jeanette Boardman, Gemma Winterburn and Natasha Maciver (Sponsored by hfx)

Innovation Award - Elton Community Centre (Sponsored by Xceed Care Compliance)

Employee of the Year - Maria Burke (Sponsored by Art of Brilliance)

Manager of the Year - Helen Yates (Sponsored by hive)

Team of the Year - Grundy Day Centre (Sponsored by Cuppaccino)