When I was at primary school I won the needlework cup. We’d made rag dolls and I did sew my heart out making it, but I was so precise and slow and my mum finished the dolls face for me as I ran out of time. I wondered for years if I really deserved that prize.
At my uni graduation my name was in the order of service type thing against the only prize for our course. I went to see my tutor to tell her there had been some sort of mistake. It turned out that it wasn’t a mistake so I asked what on earth I would have got an award for. My tutor said – a little wryly, that it was for consistently asking the most number of questions over three years….
I’m not sure I’ve won a prize since then. Until now, that is. At the end of last year I was asked if I was happy to be a nominated for an award. It turns out you often have to pay to win these things in the big wide world and I was up front that I wouldn’t pay for anything and was only interested if it was based on merit.
So I sent them the information they asked for to assess me and…
…last week I had a call telling me I’m the ‘Prestige Awards 2021/22 Mental Health Service of the Year – East Sussex’ winner!
The company look at products and service, service excellence, marketing and branding, and ethical practice. That’s all very well and good, but the important bit to me is what clients have said. At the end of last year I send out an anonymous survey to all the clients I’d finished working with. The outcome of this was what I sent in as my supporting information, and I’m as proud of this as I am of my award. I’ll post the different parts of these results on Instagram and Facebook over the following weeks so you can take a look. For now though, all the testimonials are on my website.
Sometimes a prize doesn’t feel entirely justified for whatever reason, but the words of past clients can’t really be argued with.
If you’d like to find out more about working with the Mental Health Service of the Year – East Sussex’ winner (!!!) send me an email and we can set up some time to chat. And if you’d just like to dip your toe in, the monthly online group (PAM) can be joined whenever you like and Hypno HIIT starts back again next week.