Friday 22nd November saw over 550 of the very best in social care attended a glittering awards ceremony at The National Railway Museum in York, for the finals of the Great Yorkshire & Humber Care Awards, where the category winners were announced.

The Great Yorkshire & Humber Care Awards are part of the Great British Care Awards, a series of 10 regional awards celebrating excellence across the care sector. The purpose of the awards is to promote best practice within both home care and care homes sectors, and pay tribute to those individuals who have demonstrated outstanding excellence within their field of work.

Sector support for the events includes Care England, The Department of Health, The National Care Forum, The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) and the Alzheimer’s Society, as well as local authorities and other commercial organisations.

There are a range of categories available for nomination, which represent all areas of the care sector; whether it be older people or specialist services and from frontline staff such as care workers and care managers to people who have made an impact in other ways such as training.

Winners of the Great Yorkshire & Humber Care Awards will go through to the final at Birmingham’s ICC on 20th March 2020.

The winners of the Great Yorkshire & Humber Care Awards, together with the judge’s comments are detailed below:

The Care Home Employer Award
Strong Life
Harpreet’s enthusiasm for quality of care and his team shone through. Having various funds to remunerate, invest and develop not only his team but the local community was outstanding. Huge congratulations from McClarrons Insurance Brokers.

The Home Care Employer
Continued Care
An outstanding employer committed to recruiting on values and retaining a highly motivated workforce, passionate about delivering innovative, person centred care to people in their own homes. An inspirational presentation.

The Care Home Worker
Helen Stead, Ebor Court, Ideal Care Homes
Helen is a shining example of caring senior care assistant, who dedicates her life to improving lives of residents at Ebor Court. A clear theme in Helen’s approach was that time and effort is key to re-enablement.

The Home Care Worker
Lesley Norris, Happy Futures Support Specialists Ltd
Passionate about her role and what she provides to clients, Lesley has a solution focused approach – in particular, an incident where she responded to de-escalate a situation which resulted in a positive outcome.

The Care Home Newcomer
Colin Watson, Hesley Group
Colin demonstrated all the values you would want from a carer despite being a newcomer. He demonstrated that he is already using his own experiences which contribute to making a difference to the people he supports and the team he works in.

The Home Care Newcomer
Kaylie Bain, Carefound Home Care
Kaylie goes above and beyond to make a real difference to the lives of her service users. Caring, dedicated and a passionate advocate, Kaylie is an asset to her company and indeed the sector as a whole.

The Care Home Registered Manager
Debra Dawson, Brantwood (Ruskin Mill Trust)
Debra’s passion and dedication to the children in her service shone through. Her heartfelt emotion about how her and her service improved children’s lives was inspirational. She should be very proud of her achievements and is a well deserved winner of this award.

The Home Care Registered Manager
Leah Gledhill, Caremark Kirklees
Leah demonstrated a clear commitment and development goals and outcomes for her service and staff team. Using effective and inspirational ways to support all. Congratulations!

The Care Home Cook/Chef
Laura Fielding, St Cecilia’s Care Services
Laura caters for up to 44 service users offering a menu over a six week period. Nutritional needs of all service users are met through daily and weekly meetings.

The Dignity in Care Award
Team Hall, Lifeways
Tracey’s passion for maintaining dignity and promoting independence for the people she supported by Lifeways shone through. The events and activities Tracey shared demonstrated that dignity is a key focus for the organisation. Congratulations!

The Dementia Carer Award
Natalie Dobson, Over the Rainbow Care
Natalie’s passion and dedication to her role was clear. She has used her passion and initiative to set up and provide a person-centred care service, which she is adapting to meet the needs of the people she supports. Congratulations!

The Care Home Team Award
Bridgeway Team, Exemplar
Bridgeway Team has been working as a team for many years, they have all worked up through different positions to get to where they are now. Their passion, positive risk assessments of activities has enabled their service users to succeed in progressing with their own lives.

The Home Care Team Award
The Riverside Group
In an extremely challenging environment this team manage to support each other and ensure that their clients receive non-judgemental person centred support. Through relationships within the community they attract volunteers and various funding streams so that they can provide fun events and activities.

The Care Home Activity Organiser
Jessica Skirrow, Ideal Care Homes
Jessica was able to show empathy with the people she provides care to. She was passionate and enthusiastic about providing excellent care and support on both a one to one and group basis. Jessica should be very proud of her achievements and this award.

The Ancillary Worker Award
Chantelle Tomlinson, Bridgedale House
Chantelle is very passionate about providing a meaningful and robust service to the people she supports. She can clearly demonstrate her role in promoting engagement and wellbeing and has an intrinsic caring nature.

The Workforce Development Award
Naidine Palmer, Hesley Group
Naidine showed passion to ensure that the training she delivers is evaluated from start to finish by ensuring quality assurance is carried out. Naidine ensured all employees are included throughout her training sessions.

The Care Innovator Award
Community Integrated Care
The team have demonstrated a clear initiative in enabling service users to access communities and fulfil dreams. There is a clear passion for teamwork approach in strengthening this initiative forwards.

The Care Home Frontline Leader Award
Pam Farres, Vida Hall
A dedicated and passionate lady who leads by example and goes above and beyond to support and motivate her team to ensure quality, person centred care delivery.

The Home Care Frontline Leader Award
Amelia Greenwood, Local Care Force
A senior clinical lead Amelia is very proud of her work developing the ‘protect yourself’ initiative and implements this throughout her team. She is extremely passionate about what she does and is always thinking of what new things she can do to improve wellbeing for her team and service users.

The Home Care Coordinator Award
Nicki Hastings, Wishes Care Support Yorkshire Ltd
Nicki demonstrated a wide reach of knowledge and skills. Her passion for her role, organisation and staff was evident, but above all Nicki was focused on the people who receive a service.

The Care Assessor Award
Joanne Metcalfe, Happy Futures Support Specialists Ltd
Joanne has grown a service whilst managing to increase the quality of the care delivered, ensuring consistency of care for individuals. We particularly liked her person centred approach and the way she encourages individuals to reach their goal and aspirations.

The Putting People First/Personalisation Award
Julie Brown, Butterflies Dementia support and Activity Group
Julie is truly inspiration, her care and dedication to support people and their families is evident. The reach of what Julie does impacts in such a positive way.

The Palliative Care/End of Life Award
The Care Team, Twelve Trees Care
The team adopt a whole ethos and philosophy that encompasses everyone. The team highlighted a holistic inclusive approach to ensure that needs are met in a very caring and person-centred way.

The Housing with Care Award
Audomar Brancho, Community Integrated Care
Audomar demonstrated a passion and commitment to delivering person centred care and advocating on behalf of others. He showed a commitment in continued development and progression of the service.

The Good Nurse Award
Ann Stenton, Vicarage Court Care Home
Ann has dedicated her entire career of 52 years in nursing to caring for children and adults. She progressed through a range of clinical roles and has been a consistent and nurturing mentor to new nurses.

The Unpaid Carers Award
Doncaster Carer Reach Out Service BAME Volunteers
The Doncaster Carers Reach Out Service BAME Volunteers are a group of 12 women who host a mixed BAME carers’ social group at Hall Gate Church Community Hall, in the centre of Doncaster, every Friday morning. Asian, Chinese and Afro Caribbean Carers and former carers attend this weekly get together, with carers from Afghanistan, Mauritius and the travelling community, with group numbers increasing every week.

These Volunteers are all carers or former carers themselves and they understand the additional barriers facing carers from BAME communities. They remember being isolated in their own homes, not accessing the services available to them, not getting the information and advice they needed and not getting the peer support that helps carers to cope with their caring roles.

They started as a small group of Asian women, being supported by Rosemary Stephen, a Carer Support Worker with Making Space. Rosemary is an interpreter who speaks Urdu and Punjabi and she helped this small group grow in confidence and self-esteem. In April of this year, they decided that they wanted to help other BAME Carers and the Hall Gate Group was launched in June 2019.

These Volunteers ensure everyone gets a warm welcome at the Hall Gate Centre. There is an endless flow of tea, coffee and food. Carers and former carers can access information and advice, emotional support, some like knitting, others like a head and neck massage and many just like to chat and listen to music. They have organised coach trips to Bridlington and Blackpool, and it is significant that for most of the people attending, they had never been to the seaside or seen the Illuminations. They are now organising a big multi-cultural Christmas Party.

The Outstanding Contribution Award
Mike Padgham, Managing Director, Saint Cecilia’s Care Group and Chair, Independent Care Group



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