Outstanding Contribution - Highly Commended

Martin Truelove

Martin’s friendliness and love of connecting with people benefits staff, patients and volunteers, across Manorlands. His work is a shining example of Sue Ryder values and behaviours; Martin communicates with impact, and has the emotional awareness to deal with the variety of work he undertakes, and the service users he has helped are testimony to this.

Martin champions Action Learning at Manorlands, creating an informal but productive atmosphere for learning while modelling respect and openness.

Over the last two years, Martin has also helped to develop and facilitate a Bereaved Partners Group which offers a therapeutic space to spouses/partners to explore their grief with others in a similar situation. The beauty of the group is that once the eight sessions have finished, participants have made new friends. Group members have fedback that they felt listened to, and helped to move forward in their grieving process.

Inspired by Gareth Malone's series creating choirs in work places, Martin also helped launch the Manorlands choir. Open to staff, volunteers, patients and families, the choir has performed at the past two annual Garden Parties. Although small, the choir helps foster the sense of community at Manorlands.