Eleanor were the proud recipients of several accolades and awards at Bexley council’s inaugural ‘Caring at its Best’ awards , held mid October at the Civic Offices in Bexleyheath.
Several of Eleanor’s Bexley carers were in attendance, as the care worker team based in Falconwood received eight nominations and won four awards. They were accompanied by their manager Gill Excell, who was also nominated as well as senior care coordinator Lisa and senior team leader Bliss.
Several members of Smerdon’s Dream Media team also attended. They were nominated for their innovative social enterprise work, supporting adults with learning disabilities into paid work.
The team award was an especially proud moment for the Bexley home care team, as four carer workers were awarded a special glass trophy by the Mayor of Bexley, councillor Brian Bishop. Eleanor’s CEO Marc Santhi and Operations Manager (home care) were also there, to support their care team. Congratulations go to Megan Howell, Jackie Taylor, Lydia Osei-Tutu and Jennifer Spencer (see picture), as well as Cecilia Amegadzie and Margaret Butler, who also received recognition for their dedicated care work.
The award ceremony was the brainchild of councillor Brad Smith, Bexley’s cabinet member for Adult Services, who wanted to recognise the borough’s finest care workers, volunteers and care-related organisations.
The public sent in 87 nominations for 31 people and 22 organisations based in Bexley after nominations opened in July. Across all the nominations, 30 care and support organisations were mentioned or represented. The awards judging panel whittled down the entries to one clear winner for each of the eight categories:
Speaking at the event, Cllr Smith said: ‘These awards celebrate and recognise the excellent support and care and the many good news stories in the field of social care that don’t get as much publicity and praise as they deserve.’
Gill Excell, Bexley’s home care branch manager said: ‘We were honoured to be nominated not just once but eight times at the first ever Bexley ‘Caring at its Best’awards. I would like to thank everyone who took the time to nominate us.
I am so proud to be the manager of all six nominees and winners. Not only do they possess outstanding skills in delivering compassionate care, but all my carers willingly go the extra mile to support their service users.
I’d like to share just a few examples to illustrate the ‘above and beyond’ approach taken by all my care workers:
- A son called us to say his mum has been abused in her own home. My field supervisor immediately went there to comfort her and ensure she was safe – even though we no longer supported them.
- When a family member was too ill to get some shopping, it was the carer who went and then cooked a meal for both the service user and his wife.
- Finally, when one of our service users recently turned 100, my carers brought him a cake, balloons and cards and spent time with him to ensure he felt very special on his birthday.