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The 2020 Gary Seaman Award winner

Congratulations to Jacquie Newson, who has won the 2020 Gary Seaman Award. 

This award, in honour of Gary Seaman, is a chance for an outstanding practitioner to be recognised, celebrated and awarded for making life better for families affected by drugs and alcohol through the professional support they have provided.

Jacquie was presented with the award by broadcaster Peter Curran at Adfam's Virtual Festive Celebration on Wednesday 9th December. 

Jacquie has worked tirelessly over the past 10 years to provide much needed support to carers in North East Lincolnshire, which has included establishing the Angel Club. The following words are from an individual supported by Jacquie and are testament to the impact she has had through her work:

“Thank you Jacquie, without your support and encouragement I feel empty, lost and unable to find the once strong and positive person I was before addiction took hold of my lovely family.

For years I have been in denial on the impact this has had on our lives, but the carers Angel Group has been a lifeline – meeting and chatting with other people in the group has enabled me to understand my own feelings on anxiety and stress and shown me I am no longer alone, and that other carers can help me through my difficulties.

Both through the two weekly carer group meetings and the one-to-one support from Jacquie I can slowly start to feel like the once happy go lucky me again. Yes, help for those affected by addiction is a must, but we must never forget the carers and the stress they go through caring for their loved ones.

The Angel Club has changed the way I think and look at other families going through crisis and the benefits we can have through carers support are invaluable – from pamper activities, to training sessions and attending local carer seminars, what a fantastic service this group is and as for Jacquie, the leader of our gang, what more can I say other than fabulous”

Congratulations for all your hard work, Jacquie, from everyone at Adfam!

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