Justice duo Rob Marsh and Sarah Hughes are thrilled to have won Interserve Awards in recognition of their outstanding efforts.
The annual Interserve Awards can be entered by any of the company’s 80,000 employees, and nominees win through divisional heats before being judged by the firm’s bosses during a rigorous process.
Senior case manager Sarah, from West Yorkshire CRC, and Interchange Manager Rob (pictured with his award and colleagues from the Portsmouth office), based at the Hampshire & Isle of Wight CRC’s Portsmouth office, won the ‘Do the Right Thing’ and ‘Bring Better to Life’ categories respectively.
Ian Mulholland, director of justice, said: “I am absolutely delighted that Sarah and Rob have both won Interserve Awards.
“The fact that our justice business includes two winners selected from nominees across the whole of the company clearly illustrates how valuable our work is and what a difference we make to people’s lives.
“Sarah and Rob richly deserve the recognition, as do all the other representatives from our business who were nominated and who earned recognition at the divisional level.”
The duo each received £1,000 and a certificate signed by Interserve’s chief Debbie White.
Sarah was nominated for helping to save the life of a female service user who had texted Sarah to say she was going to commit suicide. Sarah contacted the service user and established that she had overdosed on prescribed medication, called the emergency services and ensured they reached her in time.
She said: “I am absolutely over the moon with winning the award and it feels amazing to have been acknowledged, given the challenges we all face in our day-to-day job. I am still shocked by it all. I do feel I was just doing my job.
“What really motivates me is the service users, supporting them to change, as well as my friends, team and colleagues who keep me going.
“Being part of the Interserve family means so much to me. To work for an organisation that recognises the difficulties we face and the challenges my colleagues and I deal with day in and day out, is a proud feeling. We only usually get to hear about the things we don’t do and so it’s very humbling to be recognised for something positive.”
Rob received the accolade for his work in setting up a group for offenders supervised by the CRC called Open Door that helps people stop committing crime by offering peer support. He helped launch Open Door three years ago, and remains committed to maintaining the group.
He said: “I am thankful for this award. I’m pleased because it recognises the growth and success of Open Door. My award would not be possible without the great work of the group members and the staff who now facilitate this peer support group.
“I wish to thank the service users and staff team which make Open Door such a success and I hope this will continue in the future.”