Learning to care for her grandparents as a young child gave Leanne Tobin a special humanity which helped her win Borough Care’s Chairman’s Award for an ‘Outstanding Contribution’ at their annual Presentation Evening.
Leanne, 28, from Heaton Chapel, has had a rapid rise through the ranks at Stockport’s largest care group, starting as a Care Worker at the age of 22 and now working as the Deputy Manager at the Wellcroft Care Home in Gatley.
Leanne is just one of 500 permanent staff employed by Borough Care in 11 care homes across the town and was singled out by Chairman Steve Normansell for her ‘kindness, compassion and attention to detail.’
Leanne, who used to be a Customer Services Officer, but gave up the role for something ‘more meaningful’, said: “My granddad had a stroke when I was still quite young and I got used to caring for people who have physical frailty. After he died my nanna contracted cancer and came to live with us for a brief time and I can remember thinking what would have happened if she had no one to care for her.”
Leanne added: “I live and breathe my work now and simply couldn’t think of doing anything else. It’s all about creating a strong team who do things properly and who care for everyone in the home as if they were their own family.”
Leanne added: “Social care isn’t easy. You have to manage behavioural problems and be patient and above all kind. Recently the national media has put some quite shocking cases of poor care under the spotlight, but I feel local people should know hard their care team works on their behalf.”
Leanne is pictured with Steve Normansell and Guest Speaker Sharon Allen, who is the CEO of Skills for Care, that develops and rolls out new models for best practice across Britain’s social care sector.
Sharon told the packed audience at Stockport County Football Club: “There are currently 1.25 million people working in the social care sector; by 2025 we will need another one million workers. Those workers will not only have to have all the right technical skills, but much more importantly the right values, which are so evident in Leanne’s approach and that of all her colleagues at Borough Care.”
Borough Care Chief Executive Kathryn Farmer added: “The care industry is quite rightly under the microscope at the moment, which is why it all the more important that we recognise those unsung heroes who do so much for our older people on a daily indeed hourly, no minute by minute, basis.”