The county’s Dignity in Care Awards have recognised young people, family carers, community groups and organisations from across Staffordshire who go above & beyond to bring dignity to those in need of care.
Family members and work colleagues were joined by over 200 guests for the annual celebration held at Newcastle College of Performing Arts. The Staffordshire County Council awards recognise care services and individuals who ensure people in care are treated with dignity and respect.
Amongst the winners were Hayley Clunn from Newcastle-under-Lyme who works for AMG Nursing and Care Services. Hayley won the Dignity Champion Award, with Rachel Pender from Davlyn House Residential Home in Brindley Ford being Highly Commended.
Informal Carer Award went to Jayne Clarke from Dresden for her work in looking after her disabled son, with Lyndsey Bowles from Lichfield being Highly Commended.
Other categories included the Young Dignity Champion, Recognising outstanding individuals who act as an example to others. This award went to Daniel West, aged 11 from Barlaston with Oliver Durber aged 18 from Hartshill being Highly Commended. The awards were presented by Alan White, Deputy Leader at Staffordshire County Council and Cabinet Member for Health, Care and wellbeing, and MBE Jan Burns, The National Dignity Council Chair
Alan said: “Our Dignity in Care Awards give us a great opportunity to celebrate and thank the thousands of carers who do a wonderful job, always going that extra mile for the people they look after. Once again it was great to see such a mix of carers and roles, from those working in large carer organisations to those in specialist care homes and especially the army of informal carers looking after family members and relatives.
“What impresses me most about our awards are the individual stories and the commitment that people make to their families and to their clients. I would like to thank all our carers for their contributions and hope they can enjoy their awards.”
The Leadership Award went to Ron and Julie Jeffries from Allan House and Oaklea House with Loraine Atherton from RMP Care Ltd being Highly Commended.
Julie Jeffries said: “We feel incredibly proud to have won the leadership Dignity Award. It’s fantastic to be recognised as care providers who put Dignity at the heart of everything we do. The Dignity Awards was such an uplifting and inspiring event and it’s great to celebrate everyone’s amazing achievements.”
Community Award for maintaining dignity by ensuring that people are active members of their local community went to Horninglow Bungalows in Burton and Burley Heights in Stafford with Team Oaklea House being Highly Commended.
Michelle Dale from Burley Heights who won Community Winner said: “Being part of the Dignity Awards Celebration is a great opportunity to shout about the fantastic work that we all do in the County. Winning an award makes me so proud of the team at Burley Heights and the people we support. To know others recognise what an amazing job we do and that everyone’s dedication makes a real difference to people’s lives feels great. We are planning to use our prize towards a party to celebrate Dignity where the service users, families and staff can celebrate together.”
The awards took place on 18th July 2018. Organisers would like to thank the event sponsors; CM200, Acacia Training, Engie, Belong, Newcastle-under-Lyme College, Lovell, Telford Ice Rink, Alton Towers, Weston Park, Clarin, Planters Garden Centre, Trentham Estate, The Retreat, Jasmin Olivia, Snowdome, West Midlands Safari, Portmeirion, Francesco Group, The Manor Golf Club and Ingestre Golf Club