Ulster Supported Employment Ltd (USEL) success celebrated at Titanic Belfast

Brian McVey, from the Department’s European Fund Management Division, recently attended Ulster Supported Employment Ltd (USEL) Champion Ability Awards in the Titanic Belfast.

Champion Ability Awards

The Champion Ability Awards celebrate the achievements of people who work for the company or have been on USEL programmes over the last year in particular the EU funded STRIDE (Support and Training to Realise Individual Development and Employment) project.

Brian McVey (DfE) and Bill Atkinson (CEO of Usel) with STRIDE participant winners
Brian McVey (DfE) and Bill Atkinson (CEO of Usel) with STRIDE participant winners

Among the guests attending the ceremony were the former winner of the Voice UK, Andrea Begley, who spoke movingly about her own experiences and how the talents and skills of people with disabilities make a valuable contribution to all areas of life. She sang a beautiful version of Bob Dylan’s ‘Make You Feel My Love’.

Champion Ability ethos

Bill Atkinson, CEO of USEL, paid tribute to all the other winners of the Champion Ability Awards. He also presented a special Championing Ability Award to former Chairman, Jim Perry, who was awarded an MBE last year and has been instrumental in driving the Champion Ability ethos across Northern Ireland.

Mr Atkinson said ‘USEL’s vision is to Champion the Ability of every individual whose lives we touch. We champion people with disabilities and health conditions to focus on their ability and not their disability. This year has been a significant growth year for our organisation and it is the staff and participants that have created the success.’

Other guests in attendance were the High Sheriff of Belfast, NI Football Manager Michael O’Neill and Cross Party representation from NI political parties. 

Michael O’Neill (NI Football Manager) and Bill Atkinson (CEO of Usel) with two of the winners
Michael O’Neill (NI Football Manager) and Bill Atkinson (CEO of Usel) with two of the winners

 

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