The Somerset Care Group
recently held their annual awards ceremony, which recognises staff from across the Group for their outstanding achievements, contribution and dedication.
Over 420 nominations were received this year, more than 100 than were received in the previous year. Of those nominations, 187 came through for the People’s Choice award, which was open to nominations from Somerset Care’s customers and their family members.
The Somerset Care Group Awards was held at the Somerset County Cricket Ground in Taunton and hosted by local VIP, Ben McGrail, Somerset Correspondent for ITV News West Country. The annual event recognised teams and individuals across 18 different categories:
Winner: Toni Priddle from Rowden House in Frome.
Highly Commended: Lauren Mathieson from Somerset Care’s Central Office in Taunton and Jack Goodland from Grovelands in Yeovil.
Learner/Apprentice of the Year
Winner: Sandra Endean from Acacia Training and Development’s Plymouth branch.
Best Contribution to a Care Environment
Winner: Karen Ward from Somerset Care’s Central Decorating team.
Highly Commended: Janet Wells from Grovelands in Yeovil.
Volunteer of the Year
Winner: Anne Trerise who volunteers at Grovelands in Yeovil.
Highly Commended: Wessex House Volunteers team from Somerton.
Winner: Wendy Slater from Sydenham House in Bridgwater.
Dignity in Care
Winners: Selina Welch, Sue Taylor and Marie Johnson from the Wiltshire home care team.
Making a Difference in Dementia Care
Winner: Karen David from Somerset Care’s Central Office in Taunton.
Outstanding Support Role
Winner: Jane Taylor from Somerset Care’s Central Office in Taunton.
Highly Commended: Michelle Sims from the Taunton home care team and Karen Walls from the Halcon Centre.
Winner: Cooksons Court in Yeovil and Yeovil District Hospital.
Highly Commended: ATD Employability Team in Plymouth and Stockmoor Lodge and Stockmoor Village Co-operative store.
Impact on Learning and Development
Winner: Gemma Healey from Acacia Training and Development in Taunton.
Support Worker of the Year
Winner: Russell Bennett from the Wiltshire home care team.
Highly Commended: Anne-Marie Ford and Debbie Comaskey from the Realise service.
Community Carer of the Year
Winner: Geraldine Park from the South East home care team.
Highly Commended: Witold Wachelko from the Wiltshire home care team.
Residential Carer of the Year
Winner: Mollie Keirle from the Halcon Centre.
Highly Commended: Lisa Dyte from Stockmoor Lodge and Carol Morris from Croft House.
Nurse of the Year
Winner: Wendy Remiszewski from Stockmoor Lodge.
Highly Commended: Alice Green from the central clinical team.
Outstanding Contribution to Activities
Winners: Tracey Chesterman and Rebekah Bruce from Grovelands.
Highly Commended: Keileigh Butler from Sunningdale Lodge and Jaine Thorne from Burnworthy House.
Winner: Kevin Mellor, Manager of the Halcon Centre.
Highly Commended: Corrine Gamblin from the West Somerset home care team, Kerry Stanley from the Bank team and Jane Holley from the Crewkerne home care team.
Team of the Year
Winner: Southlawns care home in Street.
Highly Commended: Acacia Training and Development’s Senior Team.
Winners: Sarah Whittington and Natasha Sumner from the Mendip home care team.
Highly Commended: Emily Marshall from the Crewkerne home care team and Joanne Collingbourne from the Realise service.
Over 130 guests attended the ceremony, which included a three-course lunch and presentations from Somerset Care Group Chief Executive, Jane Townson and the Group’s newly Appointed Chairman, Angela Dupont.
Speaking on the ceremony, Chief Executive, Jane Townson said: “Thanks to the internet and social media, we now live in a highly connected and transparent world. Organisations are like glass boxes. People outside can easily see what’s going on inside. To be successful, we need to create a company we’re happy for the world to see through; one with great values and great systems, put into practice by exceptional people, who are happy at work. Our annual staff awards event celebrates some of the exceptional people we have in Somerset Care. It’s my favourite event of the year, as we hear numerous stories of extraordinary kindness, compassion and service, which illustrate how we’re fulfilling our mission to enhance quality of life and promote independence of older and disabled people. We would be delighted for the world to see what these exceptional people do day in and day out. Our heartfelt thanks go to all our staff for their passion, commitment and dedication to those we serve.”