Events team

One of the driving forces behind the National Service User Awards is an events team made up of service users representing different inpatient services.


My name is Bethany and I’ve been in secure services for just over two years. I’ve been in four different hospitals before Cygnet Hospital Derby and none of them gave me the opportunity to be involved in the National Service User Awards.

When I first came here I heard about the NSUA but was too unwell to get involved, but now I’m getting better and getting involved. Being a part of the events team will help me rebuild my confidence and I’ll be able to show my dedication to help make it and enjoyable experience for everyone. I have shown that I can be dedicated through my years of karate training for England.


My name is Leo and I am a service user at Cygnet Hospital Bury. I am looking forward to being involved in the NSUA as it is a good opportunity for me and I am looking for further experiences within different events throughout Cygnet. I am also a ward rep on my own hospital and I attend Cygnet Hospital Wyke to attend meetings about least restricted practice, I also go to student council meetings at Cygnet Hospital Bury.

My interests include football as I am part of the Cygnet football team in the mental health league. I also like watching TV, playing monopoly and gardening.


My name is Scott, I am currently a service user at Cygnet Manor. I have done the National Service User Awards before. The last one inspired me to keep going and I met some amazing people, from who I learnt crucial information for my recovery. For my recovery where I am currently being discharged from the Manor back home. I have found my journey tough but I have come out the other end and I am a better person. I am looking forward to the next steps of the service user awards.


My name is James, I am currently a service user at Cygnet Manor in Shirebrook where I also chair the Peoples Council meetings. I have been at Cygnet Manor for 11 months and hope to be moving back to the community once a placement can be found. I like to socialise with staff and residents, watching films and supporting residents to raise issues to be discussed at people’s council.

I like helping other people and going to my local car boot to try and bag a bargain. I also like watching football, my team is Tottenham hotspur who I have followed all my life. I also help out with other residents at a local soup kitchen on Mondays and Fridays.


My name is Paul and I am from Beacon House in Bradford. I like attending th education, bakery, gardening and textile projects. I support Bradford at football and I am looking forward to being a part of a new team.


It feels like only yesterday that the fantastic 2019 NSUA were held in a stunning location in Nottingham and I can’t want to be involved with organising the 2020 ceremony. I have helped to organise the event for the past two years and have found it be very fulfilling. Not only have I gained experience in working as part of a team, I have also become a lot more confident in myself.

I am hoping that being involved this time I will build further on my skills whilst using the experience I have gained over the last two years to help make NSUA 2020 the best yet! This event is such a brilliant showcase for people who face mental health problems and I am proud to be a part of it again.


My name is Mickayla and I’m currently a service user at Cygnet Hospital Derby. This is my first year being a team member of the service user events team. After attending the award ceremony on 2019 it inspired me to become a part of the team that helped to organise it. I am excited to be working with a great group of people. My hobbies include reading, singing and watching movies. I am also obsessed with the TV show ‘Supernatural’.


My name is Sylvia and I am from Cygnet Hospital Derby. I was part of the events team last year and really enjoyed the experience. It was very inspiring to hear the stories of the other service users and what they had achieved. I was also honoured to receive an award for the work that I have done as Community Partnership Development Manager. Outside of the recovery college I also enjoy studying my university degree in human biology and I am a fitness fanatic, especially keen on running. I can’t wait to help make this year’s awards as (if not more) inspiring!


My name is Peter. I am a 31 year old and a volunteer for Healthwatch County Durham & Darlington. I am also health and safety co-ordinator for Hollyhurst House. I like going to the biggest truck festivals in the UK. I also like chilling out on my xbox with all my games, bike riding, laser quest and days out. I like to be calm when I am out in the community.

As a health and safety coordinator I discuss risky and dangerous jobs around the house, I also do health and safety meeting with our local team including the manager, the handyman and the admin.


My name is Chris and I am a service user at Beacon House in Bradford. I am very happy to be in the team and meet everybody. My interests include shopping, going out on trips – I am going to see the Blackpool lights soon. I do lots of activities such as gardening, bakery and textiles and education. I am looking forward to sharing my ideas with others.


My name is Paul and I am a resident at Redlands. I enjoy a lot of activities such as baking, Gateway Club, Sportsability and attending a work placement in York. I’ve got a good sense of humour and I like helping other people.