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Local carers win awards and recognition at Choice Care celebratory awards dinner.
Local community care provider, Choice Care, held their inaugural Carer Award’s dinner at Ewood Park in Blackburn. The prestigious event was held to celebrate and recognise the hard work, dedication and professionalism of their team of carers working in the local communities across Blackburn with Darwen.
Awards were presented by Dawn Goldthorpe NVQ Assessor, Councillor Desai, the Right Honourable Kate Hollern MP and Choice Care Managing Director Andrew Key. Categories for the awards were End of Life Carers, Service Users Choice, Long Service and Carer of the Year 2016.
Managing Director, Andrew Key enthused, “This was an amazing evening for us all, but especially for our carers who absolutely deserved the recognition given. We were keen to show our staff how much we appreciate and value them and we wanted to let everyone know about it!”
Continuing Andrew advised, “As an industry we don’t shout loudly enough about the essential work that our carers do 24/7, 365 days a year, in all weathers and often in very challenging situations. As a small local business this recognition and celebration of our staff is essential.”
The ‘End of Life Carer’s Award’ recognised 5 staff who had demonstrated outstanding end of life care, including ‘Doll therapy’, service excellence and an example of ‘going the extra mile’ in providing support to a patient’s family which went well beyond the normal call of duty. Award winners were named as Michelle Thompson, Donna Fitzpatrick, Emma Livesey, Anthony Hamer and Pauline Coombe.
For the ‘Service Users Award’, Choice Care asked its clients to nominate carers and give reasons for their nominations. A large number of staff were recognised and their achievements celebrated.
The ‘Long Service Awards’ recognised service of over 5 years and over 10 years unbroken service with the Company. Andrew said, “As each carer came up to be presented with their award I remembered doing their initial interviews and felt quite overwhelmed at what we have been able to achieve together. I am incredibly proud of the number of staff who have achieved these length of service awards, it demonstrates what a close knit team we are. Caring is a demanding job, full of daily challenges and it takes a particular character and unique set of skills to be able to deliver care in a person’s home with consistency and with the highest professionalism.”
The longest serving member of staff was recognised as Barbara Bolton who has worked for Choice Care for 14 years. Other long service awards were given to Saira Ashraf, Marie Birch, Aisha Gormy, Jacqueline Preece, Irene McDonald, Amy Taylor, Jane Bagheri, Tina Dowdall and Minhajjuddin Patel.
The evening’s ultimate award was the ‘Carer of the Year Award 2016’, with finalists drawn from previous winners of the ‘Carer of the Month’ initiative which ran throughout 2015. Nominees were Tony Hamer, Gabriella Oska, Margaret Dickinson, Jane Bagheri, Amanda Braughan, Lisa Browning, Tina Dowdall, Marie Birch, Kelly Fielding and Minnie Patel.
The winner was announced as Minhajjuddin (Minnie) Patel who received a £500 cash prize award and a crystal trophy presented by Kate Hollern MP. Minnie will now go on to represent Choice Care and Blackburn at the national Care Awards event in London later on in the year.
Celebrating his success Minnie enthused, “I am so pleased to have won. It’s amazing to receive this positive recognition from my employers, colleagues and service users. I am going to be so proud representing Choice Care at the national awards and hope that I might bring the trophy back to Blackburn!”
Kate Hollern MP congratulated Minnie and said, “I have been mightily impressed by the standard of staff and the general feeling of positivity displayed by all. I thoroughly enjoyed the evening and wish all of the staff many congratulations on their achievements and successes, it has been great to be a part of this.”
Concluding Andrew added, “‘Minnie is a very worthy winner who received a huge cheer from his colleagues on the announcement. In fact right from the start many carers had told us that they wanted him to win the award. What an accolade! We would like to build on the success of the awards dinner and continue to promote the work of our carers. Our vision is that our business is a beacon of what a excellent domiciliary provider should look like in order that we continue to retain our excellent staff and attract others.”
Choice Care was founded in 1999 as Carewatch (Blackburn/Hundburn). The company rebranded as Choice Care in 2013. They provide a wide range of social care to people of all ages in their own homes. Choice Care supports local communities by helping people stay at home with independence, choice and dignity, underpinned by highly trained, compassionate home care teams. Choice Care is a member of the United Kingdom Home Care Association, is registered with the Care Quality Commission, Information Commissioner’s Office and are preferred providers for Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council and the Clinical Commissioning Group.