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Sunnyside House scoop Winner of Winners prize at Skills for Care's Accolades

Sunnyside House have beaten off strong competition at the prestigious Skills for Care Accolades to scoop the Winner of Winners award.

The Sunnyside team won the 'Most effective new approach to service delivery' and then picked up the Winner of Winners Award from guest presenter Sherrie Hewson at the awards ceremony in Manchester.

The Skills for Care Accolades, now in their ninth year, celebrate the outstanding achievements of some of the best adult social care employers across England.

Sunnyside House is a residential home in Thurrock supporting 12 learning disabled adults and specialising in preparing young adults to move into their own accommodation.

The team support the young adults to sustain a life of independence using an educational life skills training programme and an on site training flat to practice the skills learned.

The judges were very impressed by their aim to enable people with learning disabilities to gain knowledge and skills to live independently through the use of the My Learning Independence For Ever (My LIFE) programme. The programme supports principles of personalisation creating a framework for service users, family carers and staff to achieve realistic outcomes.

My LIFE programme is modular so can be used as a full programme or choose specific elements according to individual needs. The programme can be adapted to work with people with various levels and types of disabilities or life limiting illnesses as the modules relate to areas such as confidence building, assertive, dealing with conflict and budgeting.

My LIFE has inspired new ideas, thinking and ways of working for service users, family carers, staff and commissioners developing a holistic approach to independent living.

"Sunnyside House thoroughly deserved their Winner of Winners crown as their innovative approach to person centred care beat off fierce competition from all the finalists in the eight categories," says Skills for Care CEO Sharon Allen,

"Everyone at the ceremony was impressed by their absolute commitment to person centred care and thinking differently about service delivery that has completely transformed the lives of the people they work with."