Turning Point mental health project worker wins BBC Radio 4 All in the Mind award

News item posted: 17 March 2017

Amy Wollny

After hundreds of nominations were whittled down to just three finalists, Turning Point’s Amy Wollny has won BBC Radio 4’s All in the Mind award.

Amy won in the ‘Professional Award’ category for mental health professionals whose dedication, help and support has made a significant difference to someone’s life.

Upon announcing the award, the judges on the panel said the decision had come down to Amy enabling John* to live independently and have belief in himself.

John, who nominated Amy after she helped turn his life around, said: ‘When I first got to DHP in 2013, life looked rather bleak. I remember meeting Amy for the first time and was struck by her huge sense of empathy for others, her compassion. My gut feeling told me she was a really kind and non-judgemental person.

‘Since then, Amy helped me to get back on my feet – and now her hard work and dedication have been recognised. Without Amy, I am sure that my journey to independent living would not have been so smooth.’

Following the news that she had won the award, Amy, Social Integration Lead at Turning Point said: ‘I am so honoured to have been given this award and I want to say thank you to everyone involved! Working for Turning Point and supporting people like John has been a real pleasure.

‘Everything we do and everything we are taught promotes a belief in recovery, compassion and putting people’s difficulties into context. I have been encouraged and supported by all my colleagues at DHP who work very hard to promote an empowering and enabling environment for both clients and staff.’

 

From everyone at Turning Point: a big congratulations to Amy!

 

DHP is a specialist service supporting men with personality disorders and a history of offending. The team at DHP work with people leaving more secure settings to develop the skills they need to live independently in the community.

*name changed to protect anonymity