Karleen Taylor-Williams, who manages Philips Court care home, which is operated by Akari Care, scooped the Equality and Diversity Award, for the home, at the council’s Learning Skills Awards for 2015, beating 13 other finalists.
The award recognises the achievements of individuals, providers and organisations which have demonstrated a strong commitment to equality and diversity.
Karleen was nominated by the tutors from Gateshead College and Equal Arts who regularly attend the home to educate the staff in their NVQs and build activities for the residents.
Karleen Taylor-Williams said: “I am delighted to have won this award and would like to thank those who nominated me for their continued support. None of this would be possible without the hard work of my staff, who are very committed to their roles in caring for our residents.
“At Philips Court, we are always looking at ways to provide further activities for our residents and the tutors from Gateshead College and Equal Arts have been fantastic. Our employees have also benefited from the tutors’ weekly visits, which has enabled them to earn further qualifications while they work.”
Located on Bluebell Close, Philips Court provides nursing and residential care for up to 75 people. Care is primarily provided for older people with dementia. Philips Court also has a number of animals, including hens, guinea pigs and rabbits, in its garden to help with residents’ interaction and communication.