Staffordshire carers recognised in virtual awards ceremony

FAMILY carers, those working in care and care organisations from across Staffordshire have been recognised at a special online awards ceremony.

Winners of this year’s Staffordshire Dignity in Care Awards were announced at a special online celebration on Wednesday (Nov 11).

The awards, now in their sixth year, recognise care services and individuals who ensure people with care and support needs are treated with dignity and respect.

Amongst the winners was John Turner from Stafford, commended for his remarkable work in establishing and running the Stafford and District carers holiday trust. John was awarded the Informal Carer Dignity Champion Award.

A special mention was given to Megan and Lucie Woodworth from Stoke-On-Trent who were recognised for their support in helping others within the community in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The sisters were awarded highly commended for the Informal Carer award.

The Voluntary Support Dignity Award went to Alex Lewney from Stone for his voluntary work enabling people of all abilities to get together to work on projects within the local community. In the same category, Paige Humphreys from Burntwood was highly commended for going above and beyond with her support for the NHS and social care. Paige helped to produce in excess of 1,000 visors and masks for professionals working throughout the pandemic, showing selfless commitment despite her own complex disability.

Other categories included the Student/Learner Dignity Champion Award. This went to Millie Bennett from Stafford who championed dignity throughout her BTEC Level 3 Health and Social Care study and work experience at Stafford College.

Thanking the winners, Dr Johnny McMahon, cabinet member for Health, Care and Wellbeing at Staffordshire County Council said: "“Once again it was great to see such a broad range of carers and roles, from those working in large carer organisations to those in specialist care settings and especially all those informal carers looking after family members and relatives.

“Unfortunately we weren’t able to get together for a physical event because of the Covid-19 restrictions but the virtual ceremony I felt captured the wealth of amazing care going on across the county.

“I was particularly touched by the individual stories and the commitment that people make to their families and to their clients. I would like to thank all our carers and care providers. They should be very proud of their awards and achievements.”

Joining the online proceedings and announcing some of the winners was television star Sir Tony Robinson, who said: “As an ambassador for Age UK and Alzheimer’s society, dignity In care is very important and I was honoured to have been asked to present the awards”.

The Strategic leadership award went to Emily Jones from Bluebird Care in Stafford for her hard work and determination in becoming a registered manager; ensuring that she shows great initiative and passion towards dignity in everything that she does.

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