Vikings pick up FAB NHS Award Double

Vikings pick up FAB NHS Award Double

20th November 2018

Widnes Vikings picked up two prestigious awards at the Academy of FAB NHS Stuff Awards in London on Friday. The honours recognise the club’s innovative partnerships that promote the health and wellbeing of local children and people living with dementia.

The Vikings picked up the Mary Poppins Award, an honour that celebrates the best health programmes for young people, for the Game Changer project. The award, which was judged by Public Health England and a panel of children, celebrates the impact of the programme that sees the Vikings Community Team work with schools to promote exercise, good nutrition and healthy lifestyles. Working with the Improving ME Vanguard, Game Changer engaged almost 1400 children this year. An impressive study of the programme earlier found that participating children had demonstrated improvements in every testing marker after completing the 24-weeks of activity, representing significant improvements in their overall fitness.

The Vikings’ second award honour recognised teamwork and collaboration, as a special dementia training event that was co-developed by the club - the Activity Academy - picked up the Penguin Award. Working alongside Community Integrated Care, Halton Clinical Commissioning Group and Halton Borough Council, the Activity Academy united leading care experts and cultural organisations to explore new opportunities to support people living with dementia. It brought together care home staff from across the region to share best practice in delivering activities and promoting person-centred care in dementia care settings. With the programme being proved to have improved practice in local care services, it was celebrated as one of the strongest partnerships in the care sector this year.

Richard Munson, Commercial and Community Director, said: “We are delighted to be recognised for our innovative programmes at the Fab NHS Stuff Awards, showcasing the fantastic work our community team does. It is also testament to the brilliant partnerships we have at the club, which continue to go from strength to strength in delivering initiatives like these.”

Liam Clark, Head of Education, commented: “I’m immensely proud to have been a part of the award winning Game Changer programme, an incredible initiative which has improved the lifestyles of children across the borough. Our community team have been working tirelessly to make Game Changer a success, and with the continued support of the Improving ME Vanguard we’re confident the positive results will continue.”

Martin McGuigan, Director of Quality and Innovation at Community Integrated Care commented on the success: “To see the Activity Academy training event recognised nationally is absolutely incredible. We’re thrilled to win this award, celebrating our incredible partnership with a whole host of organisations and highlighting the exceptional work we are doing to identify new ways to enhance our sector. We are grateful to Widnes Vikings for their support of this project, which has certainly helped to change the lives of many people living with dementia.”

Cheshire and Merseyside Women’s and Children’s Services Partnership Director, Catherine McClennan, added: “We are delighted to have received an award for our fantastic partnership with Widnes Vikings in which we deliver positive, educational experiences to young people in schools through ‘Game Changer’. The award is recognition for all the hard work that goes into the project year on year, reaching 2,000 children while also encompassing mental wellbeing to some key groups in society.”

Vikings pick up FAB NHS Award Double