Welmede Housing Association, the support and housing provider, took three awards at the Surrey Care Awards 2016.
They were: Care Employer of the Year Award, Surrey Care Association’s ‘Chairman’s Award 2016’, and the ‘Beyond the Call of Duty’ award, won by employee Darius Carpio.
The gala ceremony which took place on Friday 18 November 2016 at Epsom Downs Racecourse was attended by some 400 care employers and staff.
Presented by leading English actress, Jenny Seagrove, the awards are the ‘Oscars’ for care staff and care teams from across the county, in recognition of the outstanding hard work and dedication of people working in social care.
They represent the interests of over 700 independent providers of care, who work 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 disabilities.
Organised by Surrey Care Association and now in its eighth year, there were 65 finalists nominated by colleagues who gave moving testimonials. There were 18 award categories, and a special award in the Excellence in Dementia Care category.
One of the recurring accolades in support of Welmede for the Care Employer of the Year Award was how the organisation cares about its employees, with one staff member recognising that ‘without our employees, we are nothing’; another praising the sense of belonging that is engendered beyond any one team or department; and a further commenting that Welmede recognises that staff at every level have an important role to play in the delivery of services.
The citation for the Surrey Care Association’s ‘Chairman’s Award 2016’ recognised in particular the investment in and strength of Welmede’s many nominations, which illustrated the quality care and support they provide to people with learning disabilities in Surrey, and the organisation’s ability to overcome the challenges faced in recruiting staff in Surrey.
John Langan, Chair of Welmede, says: “I was delighted to receive this award on behalf of Welmede and all of our staff. Any organisation is only as good as the people it employs and the award reflects the tremendous work we have undertaken, not just in recruitment but also training and development to maintain a continuing focus on improving the care we provide to all the people we serve.”
Welmede merged with Avenues Group on Tuesday 8 November 2016 with Welmede becoming an operating subsidiary of support provider, Avenues Group. Both organisations share similar visions and values. By combining their resources and expertise, the two organisations can ensure that service users continue to receive the excellent standard of care to which they are accustomed.