21 October 2010

Northamptonshire County Council is celebrating after winning five awards in the Great East Midlands Care Awards 2010.

The awards celebrate excellence in the social care sector and are open to all private, voluntary and statutory organisations. The awards aim to promote best practice within both home care and care homes sectors, and pay tribute to those individuals who have demonstrated outstanding excellence within their field of work.

Liz Baker, Day Centre Officer, was awarded the individual Dementia Carer award for her work with older people at Poppyday Centre in Kettering.

The Specialist Dementia Service, which provides support across the county in the home for people with dementia, won the Care Team Award.

The Care Innovator award was given to Su Jarmulewski, who works as part of the Kettering Developing Community Lives team. She has developed innovative ways of creating opportunities for people with a learning disability including developing a Timebank scheme run by people with a learning disability.

The Daventry Developing Community Lives group won the Putting People First award for innovation and hard work in promoting choices for people, developing localised support that means people can be more independent and have greater control over their lives.

Ridgway House kitchen team in Towcester won the Nutrition award for their commitment to putting the needs of customers first and ensuring everyone’s individual dietary requirements are met.

County council cabinet member for Health and adult social services Councillor Robin Brown said: “Congratulations to all of the people involved in winning these prestigious awards. The work of these individuals makes a huge difference to the lives of vulnerable people in the county and I am delighted to see them recognised for their commitment and enthusiasm.”