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.


Hello my name is Aime and I am really excited to be part of this year’s events team. I love arts and crafts especially making big projects. I wanted to join the events team because I love to meet new people and to build confidence. I am conscientious, hard working and a very organised individual, so I know I can help make this year’s SU awards the best yet.


Hello, my name is Avril and I am really looking forward to being part of the 2019 events team. It will be good to meet new people and be part of the team that organises and chooses the events venue. I enjoy working with other people and hope that I can help make the 2019 event as successful as that of previous years.

I am hoping that I can contribute through using my good communication and team building skills that I have honed through years of climbing, volunteering and working.


Hello, my name is Chessy. I’m really looking forward to being part of the events team. I’m especially excited to meet new people and work as a team. I can’t wait to organise the 2019 event and help make it the best one yet.

I’m hoping it will be fun planning the event together and that we will all get to know each other better.


I feel that doing the National Service User Awards will build my confidence. I really like doing performing arts. I love doing people’s nails. I enjoy helping others I also like being part of a team because it builds my confidence. I feel by joining the National Service User Awards I will be connecting with other people. Which is good for my team building skills.


I am an outgoing, creative person, who is a professional artist, and lives life to the full. I have done many things, like run music and art workshops at festivals. I love music and also sing. My favourite thing to do, is sing at open mic nights. I love the natural things in life, and I’m interested in herbs. I love life, and even what it throws at me.


My name is Emily I am 30 and come from Southend-on-Sea in Essex. I went to school locally then after my A Levels I went to University in Bath and lived in Paris for a year as part of my degree in International Management and French where I worked at AREVA – a French energy company.

I enjoy tennis, photography, arts and craft and travelling. I feel honoured to have been chosen to help with the preparations for the National Service Users Awards event for 2019 and look forward to making it a success.


Hello, my name is Francesca and I’m really excited to be a part of this year’s events team. I’m an adventurous, creative, positive and friendly person and I believe I can use these qualities when working as part of a team.

I look forward to using and improving important skills such as communication, punctuality and teamwork and learning new skills that will benefit me now and in the future. Like I said I’m super excited and if you want to know more about me then don’t hesitate to ask!


My name is Hannah, a service user from Cygnet Hospital Beckton. I chose to join the events team as I have worked in events before and enjoyed it. I am looking forward to meeting new people and gaining more experience which can help me when I have been discharged from hospital at Beckton. I am involved in planning and presenting staff training and groups which I find interesting and have learnt a lot of skills whilst doing this. My interests are reading and going to the theatre.


My name is Holly, I am 29 and I am currently a patient on Alvaston ward in Cygnet Hospital Derby. This is my first time in secure services and my first section 3. I am receiving treatment for emotionally unstable personality disorder. I am very grateful for the opportunity to be part of the 2019 National Service User Awards Events Team. Being involved gives me a chance to meet new people and share my recovery story, with the hope of being able to help someone facing similar problems. I enjoy working and being constructive I am outgoing and enjoy having fun.


I am very happy at being part of NSUA planning team. I have enjoyed it, I have never had the opportunity to do anything like this before. Thank you for letting me be part of the team. I hope to continue in the future. My favourite parts are planning the meetings, arranging venues and having a laugh. It has helped me be confident in myself and to work with others as part as team. When I am at meetings it makes me want to be part of a team in future.


My name is Liz and I am currently a service user in Cygnet Hospital Beckton. I was lucky enough to be involved in the NSUA in 2018 and found it to be such a fulfilling opportunity. Not only did I feel inspired by all the award winners and their stories, being actively involved also helped build up my confidence. I am hoping to take the knowledge that I obtained from last year to help make the event this year even better.

My interests include most sports, particularly watching Tottenham Hotspur, and I also love reading. I have every confidence that the events team for the 2019 event will make this award ceremony the best yet!


My name is Mark, I have been part of the events team for the last 2 years and wanted to share my experience with others. If it can be done I am confident and can do it.


Hi, my name is Megan and I am currently at Cygnet Acer Clinic. I am 21 years old and have been in hospital 2 years. Since being in hospital I have come to realise that I would like to be an OT in mental health. I signed up for the events team to not only gain experience in this area but to also challenge my anxiety when meeting new people, as well as build my confidence in making decisions. I look forward to this journey, seeing the end result and hopefully make some new lifelong friends.


I really wanted to be on the panel as I contributed to last year’s awards and really enjoyed it and look forward to working with the team.


My name is Ricky I am looking forward to being a part of the events team as I enjoy working as a team and organising things, I also have a lot of experience with problem solving I aim to make this event the best one yet.


My name is Sylvia and I am the community partnership development manager for the recovery college. This involves meeting lots of new people and trying to form links with organisations that can help the recovery college expand and vice versa. I joined the events team because I am a very organised individual who loves to work as part of a team in order to achieve something. I have been an events team manager in the past so I have a lot of experience planning balls and conferences and I have good time management skills. I want to help make this year’s SU awards an event people will remember for years to come as an enjoyable and inspiring experience.