Tommy hon­oured

Wishaw Press - - FRONT PAGE - Ben Ra­m­age

A sup­port worker has seen his ef­forts re­warded with a na­tional so­cial ser­vices award.

Tommy Mur­phy has been work­ing at Mother­well char­ity Sup­port for Or­di­nary Liv­ing (SOL) for nearly two years.

Through the group, the 64-year-old has built up a “re­ally pos­i­tive” work­ing re­la­tion­ship with autis­tic Colt­ness lad Brian Denny, who Tommy has been mentoring since he started.

Their jour­ney saw Tommy lift the Un­told Story Award at the re­cent Scot­tish So­cial Ser­vices Awards, held in Ed­in­burgh on June 6.

Tommy said he was “over the moon” when he dis­cov­ered he’d won the prize. “It’s an award for the whole team,” an ec­static Tommy ex­plained.

“They’ve given me so much train­ing and I’ve de­vel­oped my skills mas­sively.

“That has in turn helped me de­velop Brian’s con­fi­dence. He’s a new man now and putting a smile on his face has made all the hard work worth­while.”

Tommy, who stays in Carfin, de­vel­oped Brian’s so­cial skills in part by in­tro­duc­ing him to the lo­cal gym and pro­mot­ing ex­er­cise.

Tommy added: “It’s very dif­fi­cult for autis­tic peo­ple to look at a per­son in the eye, but now he is com­fort­able in big groups at the gym and chats with every­one. It’s amaz­ing how well he’s de­vel­oped.

“Brian was there at the cer­e­mony as well and he re­ally en­joyed it.”

SOL di­rec­tor Donna Thom­son said: “Tommy is a sup­port worker who has a unique abil­ity to bring out the best in young peo­ple and en­cour­ages them to reach their full po­ten­tial. He has a nat­u­ral gift of build­ing trust and de­vel­op­ing pos­i­tive re­la­tion­ships. His im­pact on in­di­vid­u­als has been strongly praised.”

Great event Brian Denny, Tommy Mur­phy, Teresa Denny, SOL man­ager Craig Irons and SOL di­rec­tor Donna Thomp­son

Hon­our Tommy Mur­phy, SOL di­rec­tor Donna Thomp­son and SOL man­ager Craig Irons

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