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Spinal Injuries Association – Rebuilding Lives Awards

On Tuesday 6th June 2017, Spinal Injuries Association (SIA) hosted its fifth annual Rebuilding Lives Awards at Williams F1 Conference Centre in Didcot, Oxfordshire, to recognise an array of inspiring people within the spinal cord injured community.

The Rebuilding Lives Awards recognise the outstanding achievements of individuals and groups in the spinal cord injured community, who inspire others through their work or hobbies or during their rehabilitation.

Active Assistance is incredibly proud to have had three nominations and would like to announce that we had two fantastic winners.

Inspirational Carer Award Winner – Andrei Manolache (Personal Assistant)

When asked why Andrei  won this award, his client said: “Andrei is a very caring, compassionate PA who performs his roles to the very highest standard. He’s meticulous and thorough and I trust him with my every day care. He uses his very vast knowledge of all aspects of my care and is a valued member of my team. I cannot recommend him highly enough.”

Outstanding Leadership Award Winner – Angie Wicks (Director of Governance and Quality)

Angie is supportive, calm and ferociously enthusiastic about improving the lives of those with spinal cord injury. Angie has worked with spinal injured people for over 15 years and has inspired, mentored, trained and supported hundreds of Nurses, Carers, Personal Assistants and Managers to ensure each spinally injured person is treated with respect and high quality care where needed. Angie is a humble but deserving nominee and a credit to her profession and humanity. In Angie’s personal time she has supported The SIA, Back UP Trust and MASCIP in her charitable work.

Outstanding Leadership Award Nominee – Amanda Pettitt (Director of Operations)

Amanda is a well-respected member of the leadership team and staff recognise how she makes time to support and guide team members empowering them to develop their skills and knowledge. Amanda has been influential in the development of the training programme; setting up the Active Assistance NVQ / Diploma Centre to improve the level of service that Active Assistance can provide to clients and promote personal development within our workforce.

“The Rebuilding Lives Awards celebrate the achievements of people in the spinal cord injured community. The winners, and everyone who was shortlisted for the 2017 awards, are very deserving of the recognition that they received during the event, for their great commitment to improving the care and support to spinal cord injured people and their families. We hope that the event goes some way in thanking all of the winners and nominees, for the difference that they make to everyone around them.”

Spinal Injuries Association introduced their first awards ceremony in 2013 and thanks to its success, the event has been an annual fixture in the charity’s diary. The shortlisted nominees are chosen from nominations received from within the spinal cord injured community, and winners selected by an independent judging panel.

To view the full list of winners and photos from the event or to find out more about Spinal Injuries Association please visit

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