Award winning Adult Social Care staff

Adult Social Care staff have been recognised for the outstanding support they provide to adults across the county.

Vicky Bennett and Jackie Berry were both presented with the Adult Social Care Worker of the Year Award earlier this month at the Somerset County Council Staff Awards.

Vicky and Jackie each received nominations from adults that they work with.

Vicky’s nomination said: “Vicky always returned my calls and would help to reassure me when various things were becoming difficult. Nothing has ever been unmanageable for Vicky.”

Jackie’s nomination said: “I feel she does it because it is in her nature and not just because it is her career.”

After receiving their awards, Vicky and Jackie spoke about how much it meant to them to be nominated. Watch the short film here:

Cllr William Wallace, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, said: “Huge congratulations to Vicky and Jackie and to all of the adult’s services staff that were nominated for awards.

“Our staff work hard every day and provide vital support to vulnerable people in Somerset to help them achieve independent, healthy and fulfilling lives. The awards give staff the recognition they deserve. I am very proud of all of the staff, their constant dedication and enthusiasm is amazing.”

Several adults and learning disability staff won other awards at the event including Business Support Assistant Laquiesha Watts who received the Chairman’s Young Person Award, Rhian Bennett, Senior Commissioning Officer, received the Care and Respect Award, Northmead House received the Care and Respect Team Award and Leanne Speed, Aspire Employment Assistant, won the Can Do Attitude Award. Plus five more adult’s staff received highly commended honours for their outstanding contributions: Lynne Donovan, Community Support Worker, Liz Hill, Adult Social Care Worker, Pete Tolley, Financial Assessment and Benefits (FAB) Officer, and Social Workers Richard Turner and Jessica Allen.

The event was the fourth annual Staff Awards, but this year was first time that the public could nominate their key worker. All other award winners were nominated by colleagues.