Awards to celebrate care workers and volunteers who go above and beyond

Nominations are now open for the 2019 Care and Support Awards Cornwall and Isles of Scilly. Image by Sabine van Erp from Pixabay

Thursday 11th July 2019 11:38 BST

Nominations are now open to highlight and celebrate the great work of the many people in Cornwall’s care sector who, on a daily basis, go the extra mile to make sure that older people and those with a physical or learning disability in the Duchy are able to live as independently as possible.

The Care and Support Awards Cornwall and Isles of Scilly are hosted by Cornwall Adult Health and Social Care Learning Partnership (CAHSC) with support from Cornwall Council. The award ceremony takes place on Friday 27 September at the Headland Hotel and Spa, Newquay.

There are 13 award categories which represent the widespread and diverse activities within the adult social care and support sector in Cornwall and people are being urged to take time to recognise all those organisations and individuals who have made a difference this year.

Cornwall Council’s portfolio holder for Adults Rob Rotchell said: “These awards are Cornwall’s way of saying thank you to those people who have chosen to pursue a career in care, one of the most rewarding careers there is.

“At last year’s event I saw many of these people recognised for the great work they have done. It’s so important that we take the time to do this, to say thank you to the person that looks after you or a loved one, who regularly puts a smile on their face and helps them to achieve something positive with their lives.

“I’d encourage you to make that nomination now and recognise the difference they have made.”

Chairman of Special Olympics Cornwall David Painter was one of last year’s winners.

David said: “These awards help advertise to the community that there is a lot going on, it shows there is a lot of caring going on in Cornwall. Anyone out there who is helping, caring, looking after people, get in there and give yourself a nomination and then you get to have a brilliant night out, and you never know, you might win an award.”

Cllr Rotchell added: “It’s very important that we promote careers in the care sector as much as we can. Care workers provide an essential service to the community and to those who need care. 

“We expect we will need over 7000 additional care workers by 2035 to meet the needs of the growing and ageing population – this is a role which is going to be needed in every community across Cornwall. “

Award Categories for 2019 are:

  • Workforce Development of the Year
  • Learning and Development Provider of the Year
  • Excellence in Leadership
  • Residential or Nursing Home Care Worker or Team of the Year
  • Home Care Worker or Team of the Year
  • Supported Housing Worker or Team of the Year
  • Hidden Treasures Award
  • Adult Social Care Apprentice of the Year
  • Community Based Organisation of the Year
  • Volunteer of the Year Award
  • Unsung Hero Award
  • Proud to Care Award
  • Outstanding Contribution to Care Award

You can make your nomination now by visiting the CAHSC website 

The closing date for nominations is 23 August 2019.

To find out more about careers in care then visit the Proud to Care Cornwall website

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