Surrey's Care Workers Triumph at County Awards

TV’s Michael Aspel and Alvin Stardust presented Surrey’s care ‘Oscars’ as the region's care workers took centre stage in a dazzling gala Awards ceremony held at Epsom Downs Racecourse (Friday 22 November 2013).

The Awards recognise the hard work and dedication of people working in a wide variety of jobs in adult social care including dementia care, caring for people in their own homes and caring for adults with learning disabilities. The 55 finalists were all nominated by their colleagues, with glowing and often moving testimonials from service users and their families.

This year’s Awards were presented by distinguished TV broadcaster Michael Aspel OBE and 70’s pop sensation Alvin Stardust, with each award announced by BBC Surrey presenter Sylvie Blackmore. Other distinguished guests included Dr Glen Mason from the Department of Health.

There were 14 award categories open to care workers including Beyond the Call of Duty, Manager of the Year, Ancillary Worker, Care Newcomer, Provider of the Year, Dementia Care Team and Outstanding Contribution to Social Care. Over 350 care employers and their staff cheered on the winners in an unforgettable evening which included a Champagne reception, dinner, dancing and even a few musical numbers by Alvin Stardust himself.

The Awards were organised by Surrey Care Association which represents the interests of over 700 independent providers of care and support services in the county.

Erica Lockhart, Chief Executive of Surrey Care Association said; "This is our fifth annual Awards ceremony and the judges had a very tough job this year as the standard of entries was extremely high; we really feel that everyone is a winner. It’s a great pleasure and a privilege to celebrate the excellent, caring service that goes on in Surrey as our care workers are so often unsung heroes and we want to change that by highlighting and rewarding their achievements. The Surrey Care Awards are helping to raise the profile of adult social care in the county and showcasing the good practice of Surrey care providers as well as promoting the wide range of rewarding employment opportunities that exist within the care sector."

The Surrey Care Awards 2013 are supported by Gold level sponsors Lloyds Bank and Silver level sponsors Ashcroft Support for Living, Carers at Home, ICareHealth Ltd; Signature - Moorlands Lodge, Spectrum and 3663.

DC Care sponsored the Beyond the Call of Duty Care Award, which Andrew Sandel was on hand to present to the winner, Christine Robinson of the Reigate Road Avenues Group in Horley.

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DC Care would like to congratulate both Christine and the rest of the Surrey Care Awards 2013 winners, as listed below.

Ancillary Worker of the Year Award sponsored by Spectrum/3663
Winner: Toni Hodges QEF Independent Living Services, Leatherhead
Special Recognition: Richard Rode, Broome Park Nursing Home, Betchworth

Care Newcomer Award sponsored by Downs Solicitors LLP
Winner: Alex Floran, Longdene Homecare CHD Living, Godalming

Beyond the Call of Duty Care at Home sponsored by Signature - Moorlands Lodge
Winner: Janita Hanif, Eternity Care and Support, Farnham

Frontline Leader Award sponsored by Downing Care
Winner: James Bellenger, Care Unlimited Chaldon Rise, Merstham

Care Team award sponsored by Carers At Home Ltd
Winner: Broome Park Nursing Home, Betchworth

Care employer/ Provider of the Year sponsored by Ashcroft Support for Living
Winner: Carers at Home, Bramley

Dementia Care Team sponsored by Sunrise Senior Living
Winner: SpringKell House, Beritaz Care, Hindhead

Excellence in Workforce Development / Training sponsored by Specsavers Healthcall
Winner: Abbeyfield Wey Valley Society, Farnham
Highly Commended: Rodwell Farm, Graham Care Group, Addlestone

Manager of the Year Care At Home sponsored by National Skills Academy Social Care
Winner: Jackie Jones, Ashcroft Support for Living, Horley

Manager of the Year Care Home sponsored by Paying For Care
Winner: Creenagh Williamson, Signature-Moorlands Lodge, Hindhead

Judges’ Special Award sponsored by PHS Allclear
Winner: IH Support Team, Ashcroft Support for Living, Horley

Most Innovative Activity Programme involving Service Users sponsored by iCare Health
Winner: Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation Independent Living Services, Leatherhead

Lifetime Achievement Award sponsored by Lloyds Bank
Winner: Danny and Carmelita Shamtally, Care Unlimited, Merstham

Outstanding Contribution to Social Care sponsored by Lloyds Bank
Winner: Mike Keighley, The Meath Epilepsy Trust, Godalming

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