Richard Smith: Finalist for the National Learning Disabilities & Autism Award 2016

9th June 2016

Congratulations to Richard Smith who has been nominated for the Outstanding Contribution Award and is a finalist! The nominations where made by members of the senior management team.

 Quote from the nominations:

 “His determination and dedication to continually evolve as a specialist provider is admirable. We now have 11 residential services for 57 complex individuals, achieving many successful new placements following previous placement breakdowns with other providers, supporting integration back into the community using person centred approaches. This expansion provides employment to more than 300 employees.


It is important that things are done right; he has high morals and values every person he comes across, both the individuals we support and employees.  A driver for the company commented that he was overwhelmed that Richard knew his name, taking time out to speak to him when visiting a service, even though the driver did not provide direct hands on support.


Richard’s support is unconditional and selfless, with a natural ability to think creatively, supporting the challenges faced by people, responding with interest to staff who’ve had ‘breakthroughs’ with individuals. Full of praise, his face visibly lights up when hearing of achievements, however big or small, encouraging people to celebrate successes; he will always share good practice and new ideas when visiting services.


Richard also invests a lot of time working in partnership with local authorities and other providers; he is a board member of various organisations including, the RCPA in Somerset, actively getting involved in projects linked to funding, personalisation, person centred delivery, staffing and retention, driving good practice and value for money.


Richard’s energy is infectious (and tiring!), his contribution to the care sector is invaluable and simply outstanding. His vision is to continue ensuring the delivery of high standards of care and support whilst still building on every individual’s capability, not to make assumptions, to achieve the unthinkable for both the individuals we support and all employees.”