MBE award for Gordon
The chief executive of mental health and learning disability charity Blyth Star Enterprises has been awarded an MBE in the 2020 Queen’s New Year’s Honours list.
Gordon Moore is officially honoured for giving more than 40 years of service to helping thousands of people living with mental health issues and learning disabilities in the local community.
In addition, he has been involved with establishing much-needed supported accommodation, outreach, social care and sheltered employment to improve social inclusion.
As one of the founding directors of not-for-profit Blyth Star Enterprises, Gordon has worked tirelessly over the past 32 years on behalf of individuals and their families to make a real difference and enable their voices to be heard, often at challenging times of their lives.
His experience, including 30 years as a psychological therapist, nurse and manager in the NHS and simultaneously 25 years working alongside the Society for Social Psychiatry and Mental Health in Greece, has led to significant improvements in the lives of many people in Greece and across Northumberland.
His drive, commitment and vision has also enabled Blyth Star to successfully develop a pathway of supported accommodation that aids people towards independent living, as well as some of the most innovative social care and sheltered work services in the UK.
Gordon said: “I’m truly honoured to have been awarded an MBE.
“Although it has been given to me personally, it is really an award for the many people I have had and continue to have the pleasure of working with – colleagues, the users and, in particular, the staff at Blyth Star who really are the heart and soul of the organisation.
“They all make a huge and positive difference to so many people’s lives.
“I’m delighted and so too are my family. I’ve had an extremely privileged career that’s taken me to many places, but I’m rooted in Northumberland and the local community.
“It is my home and I would like to think that it would make my parents proud. My father was a miner at Ashington Colliery and my mother a local dinner lady.
“Of course, it has been emotional, difficult and overwhelming at times, but it is all worthwhile and I’m especially grateful to my wife of 30 years, Christina, for her on-going support.
“Around me are some truly inspiring people and being able to help people with often life-long disabilities to live, work and be a part of their local community is totally fulfilling.”
The not-for-profit charity provides living support services, training and sheltered employment opportunities.
It offers innovative day services to over 350 people living with learning disabilities and life-long mental health issues across Northumberland and the North East.
Tim Chrisp, chairman of Blyth Star Enterprises, said: “Gordon has become an integral part of the organisation and has created a legacy that is held in very high regard by many, both inside and outside of the charity.”