Going the Extra Mile
The Going the Extra Mile Award was set up to recognise the extraordinary contribution made by individuals and groups who go over and beyond the criteria for the awards and have often been nominated in more than one award category.
Winner: Jason Henley [pictured, centre], Manager of the Black Prince Trust
Jason was nominated by Jane Stopher.
Jason has been instrumental in developing partnerships in North Lambeth over the past year.
Jason runs Black Prince Trust with 2 other staff members, and raised the visibility of the Trust as a sport and wellbeing hub in the community. He has done this by breaking down barriers to accessing sport facilities and groups with the most marginalised, isolated, least confident in our community.
For example, he has made nearly 20 people with learning difficulties feel welcome and valued at the Trust and they now attend regularly.
He has also developed social prescribing links with Lambeth walk GP practice, and personally escorted many people to the site where they feel less confident.
Jason has recruited many residents to join in with local tea parties and social events. These seemingly small collaborations have made a tremendous difference to local people in north Lambeth, and also built strong relationships amongst our workforce.
Jane said: "Jason just makes things happen, and gets things done."
Winner: Maresa Ness [pictured, centre], Chief Executive, Mosaic Clubhouse
Maressa was the first mental health service user to train as a nurse at the Maudsley, and she went on to manage a hospital.
When she found out about the clubhouse model in New York and she set one up in a single room in Streatham. The clubhouse model offers people living with mental illness opportunities for friendship, employment, housing, education and access to medical and psychiatric services in a single caring and safe environment – so they can recover and fully participate as valued and respected members of society. Over the years she has fought to keep this amazing service going.
Mosaic has been, for 24 years, a place for building people's confidence so that they can realise their own potential. It is Maressa's determination and belief in the model that has made Mosaic a benchmark for future clubhouses around the world.
One of her nominators said, "Today Mosaic Clubhouse is the jewel of Lambeth if not England"
Another said, "she has been a role model to myself and the clubhouse community. She is a person of courage, she has a strong work ethic and is also open to learn. As she retires, this award would be a great end to an amazing career."