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Nominate your Southern Trust Hero now

The Trust’s Day Opportunities service Animal Rehoming Centre (ARC) are excited to launch the 2019 Southern Trust Excellence Awards which are designed to recognise the amazing contributions of the many health and social care staff working right across the area.

The ARC centre based in Bessbrook provides a service for approximately 40 Adults with a Learning Disability who have a forensic presentation i.e. going through the Criminal Justice System or likely to come into contact with the Criminal Justice System.  



The service also provides training opportunities for young people aged 16 -18 years in the transition process from Children’s Disability Services. Outlying groups are based in Portadown, Craigavon, Armagh, Dungannon and Newry.

The main activities on offer each day are animal husbandry and horticulture. Other activities include Arts and Crafts, Music Therapy, Woodwork, Walking Groups Independent living skills, sports, allotment work and cookery.

Members of the public are invited to play their part and nominate a team or a member of staff for the People’s Choice Award. This award recognises health and social care staff who have provided exceptional treatment and care.



Geraldine Donaghy, a Non-Executive Director with the Trust, and Chair of the Excellence Awards committee, said, “The Excellence Awards recognise those staff who make such a difference to patients and clients by going that extra mile.

“We have so many extraordinary staff who, despite working under enormous pressure, deliver excellent care day in day out and are consistently finding ways to improve services for our patients, clients and their families. 

“You may wish to acknowledge staff who work in hospital, come to your home, are based in health centres or day centres, or who work as support staff – porters, domestics, drivers or clerical workers.



She added, “If you have been impressed by the exceptional care, treatment or service you have received and feel that a member of our staff or a team deserve to be recognised, we would love to hear from you.”

The People’s Choice Award is for Trust employees who have demonstrated putting the health and social care needs and safety of patient’s first, exceptional care to a patient, client or relative – this may be kindness, professional expertise or expert care which has made a difference in their life. 

They might be a nurse, doctor, receptionist, domestic, therapist, porter, member of catering staff, secretary or someone else.



The judges will be particularly looking for evidence of:

  • Putting the safety, needs and welfare of service users first
  • Ensuring service users feel valued and cared for
  • Treating service users with respect, dignity and compassion
  • Going above and beyond the call of duty

How to nominate?

You can complete a Nomination Form, available on the Trust’s website

Email: or Tel: 028 3756 4159 if you would like to receive the form by post.

The closing date is 5.00 pm on Friday 8 March 2019. 



The overall winner will be announced at the Excellence Awards Event on Tuesday 18 June 2019.

To find out more about The ARC please contact Linda Daly, Day Opportunities Support Worker: Tel: 028 3083 0337 Email: 




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