Somerset Care celebrates care staff with annual awards ceremony


At the end of September, The Somerset Care Group held their annual awards ceremony, recognising staff from across the Group for their outstanding achievements, contribution and dedication.

470 nominations were received this year; over 120 of those nominations came through for the People’s Choice award, which was open to nominations from Somerset Care’s customers and their family members.

The Somerset Care Group Awards was held at the Somerset County Cricket Ground in Taunton and hosted by local VIP, Ben McGrail, Somerset’s Correspondent for ITV News West Country. The annual event recognised teams and individuals across 19 different categories:

Best Newcomer

Winner – Sarah Jeans (Realise South West)

Highly Commended – Ffion Morgan (Lavender Court), Christopher Jones (Sedgemoor Home Care) and Sally Roberts (Oak Trees)

Learner/Apprentice of the Year

Winner – Sam Griffiths (Halcon Centre)

Highly Commended – Annie McMahon (ATD Plymouth) and Wayne Nunn (Realise South West)


Best Contribution to a Care Environment

Winner – Kenneth Lewis (Lavender Court)

Highly Commended – Dawn Cann (Burnworthy House)

Volunteer of the Year

Winner – Stuart Pittard (Wessex House)

Highly Commended – Susie Mansfield (Wyndham House) and Addison Gorman (Croft House)

Mealtimes Matter

Winner – Rafal Pietrzyk (Bank team)

Dignity in Care

Winner – Jamie Knight (Burnworthy House)

Making a Difference in Dementia Care

Winner – Joanna Perkins (Mendip Home Care – Emma Sheppard Centre)

Highly Commended – Karen Yard (Taunton Home Care – Petals Active Living Centre in Taunton)

Outstanding Support Role

Winner – Claire Vittery (Recruitment team, Central Office)

Highly Commended – Mandy Thorne (Halcon Centre)

Partnership Working

Winner – Home First Pathway One team

Impact on Learning and Development

Winner – Arthur Brooks (Realise South West)

Technology and Innovation

Winner – Maria Chappell Williams (West Somerset Home Care)


Support Worker of the Year

Winner – Carol Stowe (Realise South West)

Highly Commended – Nigel Morgan (Realise South West) and Tanya Edwards (Realise South West)

Community Carer of the Year

Winner – Anna Smale (Taunton Home Care)

Highly Commended – Carol Russell (Mendip Home Care) and Verity Bridger (West Somerset Home Care)

Residential Carer of the Year

Winner – Chloe Pavey (Lavender Court)

Highly Commended – Penny Read (Sunnymeade) and Daniel Douglas (Grovelands)

Nurse of the Year

Winner – Anne Shields (Calway House)

Outstanding Contribution to Activities

Winner – Jaine Thorne (Burnworthy House)

Highly Commended – Kelly Pike (Lavender Court)

Inspirational Leader

Winner – Joanne Leigh (Realise South West)

Highly Commended – Andrea Bacon (Realise South West and My Willows) and Trudy Bower (Fletcher House)

Team of the Year

Winner – Halcon Centre

Highly Commended – Burnworthy House


People’s Choice

Winner – Hugh’s team (Realise South West)

Highly Commended – Paula Tonkinson (BaNES Home Care) and Mike Barrington-Heaven (Taunton Home Care)

130 guests attended the ceremony, which included a three-course lunch and presentations from Somerset Care Group Chief Executive, Jane Townson and Chairman, Angela Dupont.

Speaking on the ceremony, Chief Executive, Jane Townson said: “Our heartfelt thanks go to all our staff for their passion, commitment and dedication to those we serve. Thanks to the internet and social media, we now live in a highly connected and transparent world. Organisations are like glass boxes. People outside can easily see what’s going on inside. To be successful, we need to create a company we’re happy for the world to see through; one with great values and great systems, put into practice by exceptional people, who are happy at work. Our annual staff awards event celebrates some of the exceptional people we have in Somerset Care. It’s my favourite event of the year, as we hear numerous stories of extraordinary kindness, compassion and service, which illustrate how we’re fulfilling our mission to enhance quality of life and promote independence of older and disabled people. We would be delighted for the world to see what these exceptional people do day in and day out.”


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