Awards and rewards for AFG’s long serving employees

Every year AFG recognises and rewards its loyal employees in celebration of reaching their 25 year, continuous employment milestone, with a cash reward. This year to mark AFG’s recent 21st birthday celebration 10 of our dedicated employees will not only receive their cash prize, but the opportunity to select a piece of artwork, from 5 winning entries, created by the people we support.

Budding artists and photographers, supported by AFG, were able to demonstrate their talents earlier this year when we launched a competition to find 5 winning designs.

With over 16 entries and much debate, a panel of 16 judges, made up of AFG staff members with a keen interest in arts and crafts selected the following winners:

1. David, supported by Oak Lodge Independent Hospital, for his pastel submission ‘Bolton Market’. David has a long love of art and is due to open his own art studio in Bolton to help support people moving into the community.

2. Jonathan and Richard, supported by Oak Lodge Independent Hospital, for their submission ‘Universal’, a large scaled, spaced themed piece of artwork. The work was created as part of Oak Lodge’s weekly Art Group, which has been exploring the theme of journeys, both those we have taken and those which we would wish to take or could only imagine.

3. A double triumph for Jonathan, supported by Oak Lodge Independent Hospital for his further submission ‘Abstract Circles.’

4 & 5. Multiple prize winner Adrian, supported by Fir Trees Independent Hospital with his submissions ‘Seascape Stormy Sky No.2’ and ‘Nude in Repose.’ Adrian is an active member of the Fir Trees Art Group and currently has work on display at AFG’s Head Office in Prescot, alongside some of our other winners.

Competition winners won £100 and a further £20 will be on offer each time their design is selected to be reproduced by our dedicated, long standing employees.

Dawn Moorhouse, Trainee Art Therapist at AFG said: “We have some great talent connected to AFG and it’s great to see some of this recognised, and in such a meaningful way.”

Clair Goulding, HR Co-ordinator at AFG said: “Alongside the cash award this is a great way to recognise our staff in a more personal way, while also benefiting the people we support.”

Caroline Ceesay, Registered Manager at Oak Lodge Independent Hospital said: “It’s really great to see the positive impact the new group art has had on the people we support at Oak Lodge, sparking interest and motivation in the use of art as a means of self-expression. I am grateful for the energy and enthusiasm of both Dawn Moorhouse, Trainee Art Therapist at AFG and Kieran Callow, Registered Nurse at Oak Lodge, in getting this group off the ground. I am also amazed at the amount of talent the people we support have and I’m proud that this has been recognised.”

David with his winning submission, 'Bolton Market'

David with his winning submission, ‘Bolton Market’

Jonathan and Richard with their works of art

Jonathan and Richard with their works of art