Paul Dicker .
We are delighted to give Paul the Starfish award . Paul is one of those people who staff feel very comfortable talking to secure in the knowledge that he will always help them . He has dealt with bereavement , illness , menopause issues and mental health and he is always caring and supportive . Paul has been an advocate for those who have felt unable to speak for themselves . He makes his teams wellbeing a priority and looks for solutions to support them through difficult periods . On receiving his award Paul said
' Thank you for my safeguarding award, I was very surprised, totally unaware & very proud that I received it. We all just tend to go on day to day & keep our heads down working the best we can & now & again things like this happen that makes us stop & think…. it is all worth while. I try to help our apprentices where possible & feel it is part of my job to help develop our co-owners, when things like this happen which is very rare it makes me smile, at least I am not doing a bad job 😊
At Management Training Plus actively promoting the safety and wellbeing of learners and colleagues is a priority. The designated safeguard lead and Prevent trainer is Lesley Blain who can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 07789930837 . However all management coaches are qualified to level 3 safeguarding to ensure learners have the best possible support regardless of where in the South West their workplace is located.At induction all learners are given a well being book which is full of useful information and agency contacts. Following this , Safeguarding is visited during training sessions. Employers and learners are kept up to date with the latest developments , policies, news and training opportunities through our monthly newsletter. This all contributes to broadening knowledge and continuous professional development As a company we use the Starfish story to illustrate the principles of safeguarding and are proud to offer our St . This is our recognition of learners who have actively contributed to the safety and wellbeing of their colleagues. A copy of our safeguarding and prevent policy is available to anyone on request
The starfish story
Once upon a time, there was an old man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach every morning before he began his work. Early one morning, he was walking along the shore after a big storm had passed and found the vast beach littered with starfish as far as the eye could see, stretching in both directions. Off in the distance, the old man noticed a small boy approaching. As the boy walked, he paused every so often and as he grew closer, the man could see that he was occasionally bending down to pick up an object and throw it into the sea. The boy came closer still and the man called out, “Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?” The young boy paused, looked up, and replied “Throwing starfish into the ocean. The tide has washed them up onto the beach and they can’t return to the sea by themselves,” the youth replied. “When the sun gets high, they will die, unless I throw them back into the water.” The old man replied, “But there must be tens of thousands of starfish on this beach. I’m afraid you won’t really be able to make much of a difference.” The boy bent down, picked up yet another starfish and threw it as far as he could into the ocean. Then he turned, smiled and said, “It made a difference to that one!
For her Apprenticeship project , Lesley chose to look at ways to support and improve the mental wellbeing of her co-owners . This involved research, development of a booklet and a process and training of staff . Riverford management team told us
' The project has been a great success for the organisation and via small, incremental changes the project has realised benefits in the well-being and mental health of co-owners. During the project, Lesley met with other organisations which has led to strong partnerships, where the well-being project may well be rolled out to other partner organisations.
Congratulations Lesley , The work you have done will have a lasting impact in protecting the wellbeing of others .
Do you have someone at work who deserves to be recognised for their work in Safeguarding? Please write to Lesley at email@example.com and let us know . You could be working with our next award winner right now!