LimeLight Awards 2018. The Winners are……

The 4th National ISVA Conference, ‘Knowledge & Network’, hosted by the Chair of LimeCulture’s Advisory Board, Keir Starmer QC MP, took place on 17 September 2018 in Birmingham. It was another fantastic event with ISVAs coming together from across England and Wales to share knowledge, learn about topics that affect their practice and network with their peers.

LimeCulture introduced the LimeLight Awards in 2016 to acknowledge the outstanding contributions and achievements of individual ISVAs, ISVA Teams and ISVA Managers who have demonstrated excellence, dedication and commitment to supporting victims/survivors of sexual violence through their work.

Here at LimeCulture, we were once again absolutely blown away by the nominations for this years’ LimeLight Awards. We received a huge number of nominations in each of the four categories, which  shows the commitment and support to these important awards.

We are thrilled to report the WINNERS of the 2018 LimeLight Awards are:

Award 1: Outstanding Achievement by an ISVA Supporting Adults went to Rachel Bloomer of Safelink

Katy Woodger, Member of the LimeCulture Independent Advisory Board, said of the winner Rachel Bloomer “All three shortlisted nominees for this award have achieved above and beyond their roles, they all manage large and often complex caseloads, but for her exemplary work in engaging with those who have learning disabilities and mental health support needs, the award goes to Rachael Bloomer”

Photo: Rachel Bloomer of Safelink © 2018 by Geoff Reardon Photography

 

Award 2: The Vicky Bardsley Prize: Oustanding Achievement by an ISVA Supporting Children & Young People went to Hannah Mart of Amethyst SARC

“Fantastic work is being done with energy and enthusiasm by all three of the shortlisted ISVAs in this category.  However, the winner has quite literally gone the extra mile. For her dedication to her job and in raising funds by climbing Snowdon to do it!”

Photo: Hannah Mart of Amethyst SARC © 2018 by Geoff Reardon Photography

 

Award 3: Exceptional ISVA Team went to Notts SVS Services- ISVA Team

“All the teams nominated for this award demonstrate an exceptional level of support to their clients and fellow team members. In recognition of this and the outstanding support offered by this team to those in prison and those who have been involved in institutional abuse cases”

Photo: Notts SVS Services- ISVA Team© 2018 by Geoff Reardon Photography

 

Award 4: Inspirational ISVA Manager went to Michelle Mountfort of The Havens, London

“All the Managers nominated for this award are inspirational leaders. However, this year’s award goes to a Manager who is attentive, approachable and supportive

Photo: Michelle Mountfort of The Havens, London © 2018 by Geoff Reardon Photography

LimeCulture would like to thank everybody who nominated an ISVA, an ISVA Team or an ISVA Manager to make the 2018 LimeLight Awards a great success! We would also like to say congratulations to the 4 individual ISVAs, 2 Managers and 2 ISVA Teams who were shortlisted for the 2018 awards across all 4 categories- a fantastic achievement in itself due to the quality of the services provided by the 110+ ISVA Teams now working across the UK.

LimeLight Awards 2018: Shortlisted Nominations Announced

LimeCulture are delighted to announce the shortlisted nominations for the 2018 LimeLight Awards. The winners will be revealed during a special ceremony at the 4th National Conference for ISVAs on Wednesday 17 October 2018.

Once again, here at LimeCulture we have been absolutely blown away by the nominations that have been sent in for this years’ LimeLight Awards. We’ve received a huge number of nominations in each of the four categories, which is absolutely fantastic and shows the commitment to support these awards.

All of the categories have now been carefully considered as part of the shortlisting process, which was completed in two stages; an initial sift (which selected 6 nominations in each category) and a final sift (which selected 3 nominations from the initial sift in each category). These two stages were conducted independently of one another and by different members of the LimeCulture Core Team so as to be as fair and objective as possible.

LimeLight Awards – Shortlisted Nominees 2018

Award 1: Outstanding Achievement by an ISVA Supporting Adults

This category looks to celebrate excellent practice carried out by UK-based individual ISVAs. This LimeLight Award celebrates the achievements of an individual ISVA supporting adults who have demonstrated commitment, passion and exceptional encouragement and support for their adult clients.

Our 2018 shortlisted nominations for this award are:

  1. Abby Dowson– Arch North East
  2. Rachel Bloomer – Safelink 
  3. Helen Race – Survivors Network

Award 2: Vicky Bardsley Prize: Outstanding Achievement by an ISVA Supporting Children & Young People

This LimeLight Award is in honour and memory of Vicky Bardsley, an accredited ISVA who worked at the Rape and Sexual Violence Project (RSVP) supporting Children and Young People. Vicky sadly lost her battle with cancer in 2015 leaving behind her family, many friends and her committed colleagues at RSVP, and a positive legacy for the many sexually abused children and young people that she has supported.

This LimeLight Award celebrates the achievements of an individual ISVA supporting children and young people who has demonstrated commitment, passion and exceptional encouragement and support for their young clients.

Our 2018 shortlisted nominations for this award are:

  1. Shannon Little – Victim Support West Yorkshire ISVA Service
  2. Hannah Mart – Amethyst SARC
  3. Katrina Blake RSVP

Award 3: Exceptional ISVA Team

This award looks to recognise UK-based ISVA teams or services of all sizes and sectors who are leading the way in the provision of ISVA services. This LimeLight award seeks to reward an ISVA team or service that has made a significant contribution to supporting their clients.

Our 2018 shortlisted nominations for this award are:

  1. Notts SVS Services ISVA Team
  2. St Mary’s SARC ISVA Team
  3. Survivors Network ISVA Team

Award 4: Inspirational ISVA Manager

This category looks to reward UK-based Managers of ISVA Teams or Services. This LimeLight Award seeks to recognise and reward an ISVA Manager who has taken a fresh approach to leading, developing and managing an ISVA Service or Team.

  1. Michelle Mountford – The Havens, SARCS for London
  2. Sally Hutton – Guildford RASASC
  3. Gemma Malfesi – Notts SVS Services

LimeCulture would like to congratulate each of the nominees that has been shortlisted for a LimeLight Award. With the existence of such a committed and dynamic ISVA workforce, to be nominated for a LimeLight Award is a great achievement. Each of the shortlisted nominees should be extremely proud of this important professional achievement.

We would also like to express our thanks to everybody who took the time to nominate an ISVA, ISVA Team or a Manager for a LimeLight Award. There are clearly a whole range of individuals, teams and Managers providing excellent services throughout the country!  From reading the impressive nominations, is clear to us at LimeCulture that all of the nominees are truly appreciated by others, whether it be peers, colleagues, managers and/or the people that they support. Well done to each and every one of you!

The shortlisted nominations will be reviewed by Katy Woodger who is a member of LimeCulture’s Independent Advisory Board. Katy has been given the responsibility of selecting the winner of each category, which will be announced at the National Conference for ISVAs on Tuesday 17 October 2018

Through the introduction of the LimeLight Awards in 2016, LimeCulture was seeking to acknowledge the outstanding contributions and achievements of individual ISVAs, ISVA Teams and ISVA Managers who have demonstrated excellence, dedication and commitment to supporting victims of sexual violence through their work.

We are delighted that the awards are now in their 3rd year and are growing from strength to strength with more nominations being submitted each year. 

At LimeCulture we believe that ISVAs deserve to be properly recognised for the important, challenging and professional work they do to support those who have experienced sexual violence. The LimeLight Awards are intended to be a first step in the direction of professional recognition of ISVAs and their services.


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