Pride Awards for “outstanding” Halcon One members

Three members of the Halcon One Team in Taunton have been given Pride Awards from the Police and Crime Commissioner for their outstanding service.

Housing Estates Officer, Lucy Hawkins (Taunton Deane Borough Council); Early Help Officer, Sharon Collard (Somerset County Council);  Deputy Early Help Officer Tracey Harper (SCC) received their awards from Sue Mountstevens.

Tracey and Sharon are both members of Somerset County Council’s new ‘getset’ Services working as part of the One Team. They lead a team of family support workers for parents, children and young people in the community.

Lucy has been with the Halcon One Team, set up to improve life for people living on the estate in East Taunton, since its inception.

Lucy said: “I feel very proud to be nominated. It is nice to be recognised with an award when really I am just doing my job.”

Tracey and Sharon added: “We feel really proud and honoured to be recognised for what we do. We recognise the importance of partnership working and are really proud of what the Halcon One Team has achieved.”

Police Sergeant Andrew Murphy QPM, Halcon One Team Co-ordinator who nominated all three staff described their collective performance as “quite outstanding.”

He added: “They are always prepared to go above and beyond, ensuring that those deemed most vulnerable and those who are suffering significant and complex needs receive the very best service and care within the heart of our community.”

Lucy, Tracey and Sharon were accompanied at the award ceremony by Sergeant James Turner and Councillor Jane Warmington who holds the Community Leadership portfolio at the Borough Council.

Cllr Warmington said: “We are lucky to have such dedicated staff setting good examples in the Halcon One Team and in our Housing Service.”

Councillor Christine Lawrence, Chair of Somerset Health and Wellbeing Board, Somerset County Council, said: “These awards are extremely worthwhile and I am delighted these three outstanding team members have been honoured.”

Councillor Jean Adkins, Executive Councillor for Housing Services added: “The team have gone above and beyond the call of duty and are an inspiration to us all. I offer them my warmest congratulations.”

Trevor Simpson Strategic Commissioner Early Help services area Manager
said: “These awards represent the tremendous work that is being done by ‘getset’ Services across Somerset and the Halcon One Team in Taunton, supporting families to help themselves. These three members of staff are always prepared to go that extra mile and they truly deserve this award”.