Stone Carers recognised for going the Extra mile for dignity

Left to right – Ron Jeffries, Alan White, Deputy Leader at Staffordshire County Council and Cabinet Member for Health and Julie Jeffries.

Young people, family carers, community groups and organisations from across Staffordshire have been recognised at the county’s Dignity in Care Awards.

Over 200 guests were joined by family members and work colleagues for the annual celebration held at Newcastle College of Performing Arts on 18th July 2018

The Staffordshire County Council awards recognise care services and individuals who Ensure people in care are treated with dignity and respect.

Amongst the winners were Hayley Clun from Newcastle-under-Lyme who works for AMG Nursing and Care Services.  Hayley won the Dignity Champion Award, with Rachel Pender from Davlyn House Residential Home in Brindley Ford being Highly Commended.

Other categories included the Young Dignity Champion Recognising outstanding individuals who act as an example to others.  This award went to Daniel West, aged 11 from Barlaston with Oliver Durber aged 18 from Hartshill being Highly Commended.

The awards were presented by Alan White, Deputy Leader at Staffordshire County Council and Cabinet Member for Health, Care and wellbeing, and MBE Jan Burns, The National Dignity Council Chair

Alan 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.

“Once again it was great to see such a mix of carers and roles, from those working in large carer organisations to those in specialist care homes and especially the army of informal carers looking after family members and relatives.

“What impresses me most about our awards are the individual stories and the commitment that people make to their families and to their clients.  I would like to thank all our carers for their contributions and hope they can enjoy their awards.”

The Leadership Award went to Stone’s Ron and Julie Jeffries from Allan House and Oaklea House with Loraine Atherton from Longton Road being Highly Commended.  Community Award for maintaining dignity by ensuring that people are active members of their local community went to Horninglow Bungalows in Burton and Burley Heights in Stafford with Team Oaklea House being Highly Commended.

Informal Carer Award went to Jayne Clarke from Dresden for her work in looking after her son, with Lyndsey Bowles from Lichfield being Highly Commended.

Michelle Dale from Burley Heights who won Community Winner said:

“Being part of the Dignity Awards Celebration is a great opportunity to shout about the fantastic work that we all do in the County. Winning an award makes me so proud of the team at Burley Heights and the people we support. To know others recognise what an amazing job we do and that everyone’s dedication makes a real difference to people’s lives feels great.  We are planning to use our prize towards a party to celebrate Dignity where the service users, families and staff can celebrate together.”