PEOPLE are being invited to nominate carers, work colleagues, friends and family members who put dignity at the heart of everything they do for a special award.
Staffordshire County Council’s Dignity in Care Awards, now in their sixth year recognises care services and individuals who Ensure people in care are treated with dignity and respect.
Amongst the categories in this year’s awards which are now open are; Community carer of the year, Young Dignity Champion, Informal Carer of the year and Leadership award.
Alan White, Deputy Leader at Staffordshire County Council and Cabinet Member for Health, Care and Wellbeing 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.
“This year we want nominations from organisations and individuals, and both formal and informal carers of all ages. So whether you know someone caring for a family member or neighbour, working in the sector, or a really caring organisation then please get them nominated.”
Lesley Flatley from Stoke-on-Trent picked up the award for Individual Carer at last year’s awards. Lesley said: “It was amazing to win the award last year, I wasn’t really expecting it but it’s nice to be recognised for the work that we all do. Working in the care sector is an important sector to work in and the work you do makes a huge difference to people’s lives and is really rewarding. I would definitely encourage people to nominate themselves or their friends and carers….”
Donna Kelso from Stafford won the Unpaid Carer award at last year’s awards. Donna said: “The Dignity awards are very special. It is always wonderful to hear so many heartfelt and genuine stories of why others decide to nominate people for these awards. To come together in a positive way to celebrate is so good and raises the spirits of everyone concerned. To be nominated for an award was a great shock, but very much appreciated. I was overwhelmed and honoured to be chosen as the winner, when I believe that every person in the room was a winner and deserved recognition and an award for all the wonderful things that they do.”
The awards are running alongside a major recruitment campaign to encourage more people to join the sector.
Alan added: “We want to encourage people to take up a career in caring – it is an extremely rewarding profession, and the work can fit around other commitments in people’s lives. There is also a lot of training and development available for people who want to make it a career.”
Further details and nomination forms are available at www.staffordshire.gov.uk/dignityincare or by calling 01785 355795. The closing date for nominations is Friday 25 May.