Award for team helping visually impaired youngsters across Devon

PUBLISHED: 07:00 06 February 2019

ROVIC clinical team leader, Sue Pilkington, organised and managed the roadshows. Picture: Virgin.

ROVIC clinical team leader, Sue Pilkington, organised and managed the roadshows. Picture: Virgin.

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“Sue is the glue that holds the ROVIC team together and has built it up to a flagship service.”

“Sue is the glue that holds the ROVIC team together and has built it up to a flagship service.” Picture: Virgin.“Sue is the glue that holds the ROVIC team together and has built it up to a flagship service.” Picture: Virgin.

A team from Devon Integrated Children’s Services has been recognised for its work to encouraging social inclusion and independence for children and young people with visual impairment.

The Rehabilitation Officers for Visually Impaired Children (ROVIC) service received the ‘Project of the Year’ honour at Virgin Care’s Feel the Difference Awards.

The roadshows enabled children and young people with visual or multi-sensory impairment to meet peers and make friendships through opportunities to participate in drumming, theatre and storytelling workshops.

ROVIC clinical team leader, Sue Pilkington, organised and managed the roadshows.

The nomination said: “The roadshows were immensely successful with many positive comments from children and parents.”

Sue also won an individual award. The nomination read: “Sue is the glue that holds the ROVIC team together and has built it up to a flagship service.”

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Sue said: “I am extremely proud to be clinical team leader for the ROVIC service, and absolutely delighted that as a team we have been recognised for the contribution in creating opportunities and enabling achievements for visually impaired young people in Devon.”

IT support and deployment engineer, Mike Kocziban, also won an individual award for his IT contribution and support of the roadshows.

His nomination read: “Mike is a fantastic ambassador for inspiring and promoting team spirit. Without any hesitation he offered his free time to ensure that as a service we delivered opportunities to children and young people enabling them to participate and enjoy interactions despite their sensory limitations.”

Mike said: “It was a delightful surprise to first be nominated for and then to win my award. I was very proud to be involved with the ROVIC service roadshows and to receive recognition from the team was just the icing on the cake.

“The awards night is the tip of the iceberg, just a small selection of the hundreds of our colleagues that turn up to work and go the extra mile, do more than just their job - helping everyone feel the difference.”

More than 100 colleagues and their guests attended the award ceremony at the Coombe Abbey Hotel, Coventry, after being selected from hundreds of nominations from both colleagues and members of the public.

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