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.


I enjoy talking to others and being friendly and kind. I’m very creative due to an arts and crafts course I took at college. This will help me be creative for the awards event.

I’ve got excellent team work skills due to going to college and doing group work with college friends.


I’m a very happy and positive person. I’m great at listening but also good at contributing when needed. I enjoy making friends with new service users and would be great at working part of a team. In my spare time I enjoy watching the soaps I also like going on holidays. I’m very excited to be a part of the team.


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 Chris and I live at Beacon House in Bradford. I have attended Calderdale College and done lots of hard work. I like to listen to music. I enjoy going on bus rides when I’m not doing other activities. I really hope for my birthday I get to go to France on holiday. I’m looking forward to meeting new people at the NSUA event.


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 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.


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’.


I currently attend the gardening project and education project I contribute to both of the projects with new ideas for activities.

I also have great gardening skills and use them back at the house and grow my own flowers. I’m a fast learner and like learning new things. I am excited to be a part of the events team.


I am very chatty and enjoy meeting new people. In my spare time I like to go shopping to buy myself new things. I am looking forward to meeting new people on the events team.


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.


My name is Paul and I live at Beacon House in Bradford. I enjoy attending the gardening, education, textiles and bakery projects. I like watching football matches and I used to play for Bradford City. I enjoy preparing meals and shopping. I went to Bradford College and undertook a course doing catering and I believe this will help me with this role on planning party food. This role will help me make new friends and get the job done. I’m very grateful and excited for the opportunity on becoming part of the NSUA events team.


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 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 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!