Hidden Heroes 2019 - Staff category winner
Emmaus UK has teamed up with Room to Reward to offer Emmaus companions, volunteers, trustees, staff and those supported by the charity the opportunity to be recognised by their peers and win a two night break to reward them for the work they do for Emmaus. Room to Reward was created to say thank you to “Hidden Heroes” - the inspirational people who do so much in the name of charity. Winners are awarded a two night bed and breakfast hotel stay, for themselves and a guest, at a choice of hotels throughout the UK and Europe.
John took to the helm of the Emmaus North East community when refurbishment on the community building was completed in August 2017. During that time he has been pivotal in establishing the community, building exceptional links within the local area and across Emmaus. He has worked tirelessly to provide work experience, training, healthcare and personal development to companions that have come to live and work at Emmaus North East. He has faced challenging situations with compassion and positivity resulting in a community with a strong spirit of mutual support and regard.
He has also been part of developing Emmaus North East enterprises. This has included opening a second shop, setting up and expanding a workshop, joining local markets, providing house clearances, gardening and developing an online presence. He has been successful at encouraging companions to use and develop their skills and take on additional responsibilities.
John has gone above and beyond, not just with the companions that reside at the community, but with the staff that work there. He has coached and mentored staff members creating a vibrant atmosphere and a wonderful place to work.
John is held in high esteem by companions, staff, volunteers and trustees. His efforts are widely respected within Emmaus.'