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Awards and accolades

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Special Olympics Gateshead won two regional awards in November 2015
  • Andrea Beverley, catering manager at Winlaton West Lane Primary School, beat off rivals from major national catering firms to win this year’s Education Award in the national Cost Sector Catering Awards. The Schools Catering Service were runners up in the Team of the Year category at the same awards.
  • Construction Services Apprentice Plumber Jill Cormack was highly commended in the Apprentice of the Year category of the Direct Works Forum Repairs and Maintenance Awards.
  • Stephen Ward, Area Co-ordinator for the East, was presented with an award at the House of Lords for supporting the principles of Locality’s national Keep it Local campaign after being nominated by Edberts House.
  • Gateshead Millennium Bridge was named as one of three landmark construction projects that have made the biggest impact on the North East economy in the last 50 years by the NE Branch of the Chartered Institute of Building. The other two were Tyne and Wear Metro and Blyth’s ORE Catapult (renewable energy research centre)
  • The Angel of the North came second in the 21 landmarks that define 21st century Britain. It was chosen by readers of the Independent ‘Traveller’ and BA’s High Life magazine.
  • Gateshead and Newcastle Councils have won an award for their Joint Core Strategy and Urban Core Plan. It won the Innovative sustainable development category in the Royal Town Planning Institute NE Awards for Planning Excellence.
  • The waste services and grounds maintenance team have been awarded Customer Service Excellence accreditation. This award acknowledges the work the service has put into customer care.
  • A partnership of Gateshead Council, The Gateshead Housing Company and GemArts were runners up in the category of Partnership of the Year at the IARS Research and Youth Leadership Awards 2015 for their animation and poster campaign called We Stand Together to increase awareness of hate crime for young people.
  • Shadon House Dementia Resource Centre has been rated the highest performing care home in Gateshead, receiving 9.9 out of 10 from reviews left by service users and families.  They are also rated 6th highest care home in the North East out of 325 establishments and achieved Outstanding from the inspection of their service by the Care Quality Commission in January 2016.
  • The Council’s Learning Disability Accommodation and Support Group was presented with a UK Housing Award in the ‘Meeting Specialist Housing Needs’ category at the annual UK Housing Awards.
  • Gateshead College has been named as the top performing further education college in the North East and the third best in the country, according to new government performance figures.
  • Gateshead College has been awarded Grade 1 outstanding by Oftsed. The announcement follows recent recognition from the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) that Gateshead College was the top performing college in the North East and the third best in the country (out of 218 colleges) for success rates (based on the numbers of students staying on at college and successfully gaining qualifications).
  • Gateshead Youth Offending Team has attained the Restorative Justice Quality Mark (RSQM). They are the first organisation in the North East of England to receive the prestigious award. The award demonstrates that Gateshead Youth Offending Team, are delivering good quality, safe and sustainable restorative services that meet the six Restorative Service Standards. 20 organisations nationally from sectors that include criminal justice, education and care have now achieved the RSQM.
  • Special Olympics Gateshead won two regional awards in November 2015: ‘Groups who have made a difference’ award at the North East Equality Awards a Putting People First / Personalisation’ award at the North East Care Awards. Gateshead Access to Employment Service (GATES) won a North East Equality Award for Organisations Supporting Disabled People into Employment, sponsored by Accenture
  • Gateshead Council’s LearningSkills service has been ranked as number three in the Top 100 Index by the National Centre for Diversity. The Index lists the best organisations in the UK in relation to their work around equality, diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
  • The Youth Offending Team’s World War One art project has won the Youth Justice Board Creative Arts Children and Young People award.
  • The Public Heath Team have won award for their Health Checks and Public Health’s Annual Report was voted the best in the country in the Association of Directors of Public Health Annual Report Awards.
  • Wendy Scope, Manager at Marquisway Centre has won the ‘Front Line Leaders Award’ at the 2015 Great British Care Awards. As a service, it is the second year in a row they have won a national award.
  • Diane Ingham, a support worker at Shadon House Dementia Resource Centre in Birtley, has won the National ‘Margaret Butterworth Award’ (Dementia Pathfinders). Diane won the award for her commitment and passion to people with dementia.
  • Veena Soni, Head of Ethnic Minority and Traveller Achievement Service at Gateshead Council, received the British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list this June.
  • Sarah Bastow, access to learning and employment worker, was named ‘Practitioner of the Year’ at the British Association for Supported Employment annual awards.
  • The Council achieved the Continuing Excellence level of the North East Better Health at Work Award.  Gateshead Council has achieved the Continuing Excellence level of the award for the third consecutive year.  The award acknowledges the Council’s ongoing achievements in helping to support and improve the health and wellbeing of employees.
  • Gateshead Council’s Exchequer section was named Fiscal User of the Year 2015 at Fiscal Technologies Ltd Annual User Conference. This was in recognition of the proactive steps that are taken within the Council in using the Fiscal Technologies System to identify potential duplicate payments and therefore ensure the accuracy of payments leaving the authority.
  • The Council was awarded a gold award by the Ministry of Defence in its 2015 Armed Forces Covenant Employer Recognition Scheme.  To qualify for a gold award, employers must pledge their support and become advocates for support and commitment to defence personnel. The council was the only local authority in the UK to receive the Gold award.
  • The Council received a maximum 4 star rating from SOCITIM, who promote the effective and efficient use of Information Technology in Local Government and the public sector for the scenario – ‘Pay a parking fine’. We are one of just 12 websites who have been commended for this scenario. SOCITIM said that this is “a great example of how to keep it simple and faultless navigation.”  Further inspections of scenarios will be carried out and published throughout the year.
  • The Council was ‘highly commended’ for Council of the Last 20 Years at the Local Government Chronicle Awards 2016.