BBC Newsreader Nicholas Owen presented Surrey’s care ‘Oscars’ Friday 20 November, Epsom Downs Racecourse
The Surrey Care Awards, the county’s annual awards ceremony for adult social care staff, took place on Friday 20 November at Epsom Downs Racecourse.
Over 450 care employers and staff attended this year’s Awards which were presented by distinguished BBC newsreader Nicholas Owen. Master of Ceremonies for the evening was BBC Surrey presenter Sylvie Blackmore.
The Surrey Care Awards are the county’s annual ‘Oscars’ for care workers. The Awards recognise the hard work and dedication of people working in a wide variety of jobs in adult social care including dementia care, caring for people in their own homes and caring for adults with learning disabilities. The 65 finalists for the Surrey Care Awards 2015 were nominated by their colleagues, with glowing and often moving testimonials from service users and their families.
This year the 15 awards categories including Unsung Hero, Beyond the Call of Duty, Care Newcomer, Provider of the Year, Innovation in Dementia Care and Outstanding Contribution to Social Care with two additional awards Lifetime Achievement and Judges’ Special Award.
The Awards are organised by Surrey Care Association which represents the interests of over 700 independent providers of care and support services in the county. Erica Lockhart, Chief Executive of Surrey Care Association said,
“ This was our seventh annual Awards ceremony and this year’s was bigger than ever! We want to shout about the really excellent care that goes on in Surrey day in day out. Social care staff are so often unsung heroes and we want to change that by highlighting and rewarding their achievements. Our Surrey Care Awards also highlight the wide range of rewarding employment and career development opportunities that exist within our local care sector. I’d like to thank everyone who nominated staff and of course our generous Sponsors who make the awards possible. ”