Joe Ballard, the Activities Coordinator at Home Meadow residential care home in Toft, near Cambridge, has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award.
The home, which is part of the Healthcare Homes Group, is proudly announcing that Joe has been shortlisted as a finalist in the ‘Inspiring Individual’ category of the Alzheimer’s Society’s ‘Dementia Friendly Awards’.
The national awards are designed to recognise individuals and organisations who are making a significant difference in supporting those living with dementia.
The Inspiring Individuals category specifically recognises people who have demonstrated a positive impact on the lives of those living with dementia through their determination and dedication, championing their rights at every opportunity.
Joe has been with the home since 2014 and works tirelessly to implement new and effective ways of engaging with residents and making them happy through activities, projects and entertainment.
He has a led a range of initiatives at the home, such as the introduction of the ‘Little Owls’ project, whereby two local childminders bring their group of toddlers into the home to spend time with the residents every Monday. He also developed ‘Dementia Awareness Support Groups’ to help families and carers of those with dementia in the local community access expert advice and support. He recently launched a fishing club to take residents out and about, and holds fortnightly ‘walks to remember’ around the village.
Joe said: “I feel very proud and honoured to have been shortlisted for this award. I’m very passionate about my work and try to develop new and interesting ways for our residents to feel engaged, happy, stimulated and ‘at home’.
“I truly believe that we can support people living with dementia by providing them with the right opportunities and that’s what we continually strive to do at Home Meadow. I love getting out into the community to find organisations, schools, colleges and groups that we can work with, which will benefit the lives of our residents. This has led to some fantastic relationships being formed.” Joe has been invited to attend an awards ceremony taking place on Wednesday 29 November at County Hall in London.