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Twenty year old Callum Homer was the proud recipient of the Personal Development Award at South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s recent Service User and Carer Involvement Celebration.

The award recognises an individual who has demonstrated a significant achievement in personal recovery or development.

Callum was nominated by nurse, Helen Mycock from the Adult Community Learning Disability Team.

Over the past year Callum has worked hard with the Team and Aspire Day Service to lose a significant amount of weight – 5 stones - and improve his physical fitness. He has overcome his disabilities to be able to engage in a variety of positive activities such as gardening, the gym, football and yoga, as well as attending Strathmore Further Education college .

Callum has had support from a full range of professionals from the Adult Community Learning Disability Team. This included a full health assessment from his Community Nurse that led onto other referrals such as to Consultant Psychiatry for genetic screening tests, the Speech and Language Therapist and the Occupational Therapist. Based on the input of all these different professionals, a multi-disciplinary/multi-agency plan was drawn up for Callum which has supported him to identify and achieve his personal targets.

As well as receiving his award, Callum gave a presentation at the event detailing his journey over the past twelve months. The audience, of around 160 service users, carers, staff and other stakeholders, was entertained and engaged by his positive, enthusiastic style and recognised him as a worthy award winner.

Callum said “Reaching targets – yes I can”, Helen Mycock added “We are so proud of Callum for all his hard work and dedication to achieving the targets he set himself. He has had a great year and is not only fitter and healthier, but also award winning.”