This year's Care Awards for Somerset were a great success

PUBLISHED: 13:56 22 October 2010 | UPDATED: 18:03 20 February 2013

All Finalists

All Finalists

This year's Care Awards for Somerset were a great success, with over 300 people attending to recognise and celebrate the outstanding employees within the care sector.

This years Care Awards for Somerset were a great success, with over 300 people attending to recognise and celebrate the outstanding employees within the care sector. The event, organised by Care Focus Somerset, took place at Wellsprings Leisure Centre in Taunton on Friday 15th October. Finalists were selected from over 200 nominations from all aspects of health and social care organisations, for 12 awards all together. The winners on the night were presented with a trophy and floral bouquet, by the BBCs Chris Vacher who hosted the evening, as well as goody bags and engraved paperweights for all finalists.

The evening champions excellence in all aspects of the Care sector and has proven to be a real highlight of the year for the many care providers in Somerset. With approximately 15,000 people employed in a social care setting in Somerset alone, these prestigious awards are certainly an acclaim to be proud of. The entire event was run through the generosity of local organisations providing sponsorship, with each sponsor announcing the winner on stage.

With social care often in the media for the wrong reasons, this event allows Somerset to showcase the fantastic work being done and the amazing people who contribute to such a fantastic sector, offering exceptional job satisfaction and fulfilment.

Claire Waddon, Chief Executive Officer, for Care Focus and organisers of the event commented Each and every one of the finalists are truly wonderful people. The heart warming stories and the care and compassion they have for other people is second to none. Each finalist is so humble and yet the difference they make to other peoples lives is outstanding.

A delicious 4 course meal was put on by local caterers Food 4 You and bringing the evening to a close, the crowd took to the dance floor to the ever delightful sounds of local and much acclaimed band The Man from Funkle.

Awards winners and sponsors:

1) New recruit to social care- Sponsored by

  • Rebecca Mitchell, Somerset Care at Home, Minehead

2) Outstanding Learner - Sponsored by Social Care Institute for Excellence

  • Angela Hine, The Rectory, Taunton

3) Outstanding Trainer - Sponsored by Hudson & Hughes Training

  • Ann Hoskisson, Milton House, Somerset Care

4) Outstanding Volunteer - Sponsored by St Margarets Hospice

  • Chris Rugg, MIND in Taunton

5) Outstanding Support Worker - Sponsored by NHS Somerset

  • Lynn Puddy, Porlock House, National Autistic Society

6) Outstanding Team Leader - Sponsored by D R Jones

  • Loraine Harries, Candlelight Home Care

7) Outstanding Care Worker- Sponsored by Skills for Care

  • Janet Jones, Stratton House, Angels Ltd

8) Outstanding Manager - Sponsored by Somerset County Council

  • Dawn Palmer, Care South

9) Outstanding Ancillary Worker - Sponsored by BJ Dixon Walsh

  • Janet Smythe, Glastonbury Care Home, Brunelcare

10) Outstanding Healthcare Worker - Sponsored by Amicus solicitors

  • Andrea Laker, Somerset County Council Adult Social Care

11) Tim Catley-Day Award - Sponsored by Somerset College

  • Claire Parsons, Flourish Homes

12) Outstanding Contribution - Sponsored by Somerset County Council

  • Alan West, Vaughan Lee House, Ilminster

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