Left: Nicky Smith, Training Manager, with just some of the Care South staff who received awards. Right: Care South Chief Executive, Susan Willougby; Nick Johnson, Chief Executive of the Social Care Association and Care South Chairman, Felicity Irwin DL.
The staff were the stars at Care South’s annual award ceremony held in Poole in June.
The event, themed ‘You’re a Star”, saw 114 staff members receive awards in Health and Social Care from NVQ Level 2 through to an NVQ Level 4 Leadership and Management Award.
Felicity Irwin, Chairman of Care South, congratulated those who had achieved awards and also those who had supported them. “It takes time and commitment and you have every reason to feel extraordinarily proud. We are recognising your achievements this afternoon, but we appreciate them all year round,” she said.
Care South is one of the region’s largest independent providers of care services, providing high quality residential care in its 18 homes from West Sussex to Somerset, and domiciliary care to clients throughout much of the south west.
Senior carer Philip Law, one of four recipients to address the guests, has been with Care South for a year. He said his achievement had given him satisfaction and pride, and added: “Improving ourselves and the quality of care we give is something that all of us try to achieve. To do this you have to have the tools, and qualifications provide the tools to improve the lives of those we work for.”
The awards were presented by Nick Johnson, Chief Executive of the Social Care Association, who highlighted the importance of valuing achievement. “For some of you this will be your first qualification. Do recognise its value and the value it places on you. It gives you a quality standard and will help you to carry forward the work and reputation of Care South.”