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Staff celebrate at annual awards

Exceptional performances from our teams were recognised at our annual awards. Over 300 care staff and representatives gathered at Open venue in Norwich, where the finalists and winners in 10 categories were announced.

The winners were as follows:

Care and Support Workers of the Year
Kim Groom – Oakes Court housing with care scheme, Downham Market
Kelly Marshall – Lydia Eva Court care home, Gorleston;
Dawn Taylor – Lisbon Court housing with care scheme, King’s Lynn.

Team Leader of the Year
Tracey Taylor – Beauchamp House care home, Chedgrave

Support Worker of the Year
Theresa Davies – Mayflower Court care home, Norwich

Newcomer of the Year
Lauren Nelson-Thorne – Linden Court care home, Watton

Management Team of the Year
Joanne Bolton and Matthew Anthony-Knell, Westfields care home, Swaffham

Community Engagement of the Year
Rhonda Dunthorne and Kelly Potter, Harriet Court housing with care scheme, Norwich

Values in Action Award
Paul Coleman, Harker House care home, Long Stratton

Team of the Year
Laburnum Grove housing with care scheme, Thetford

Karen Knight, Managing Director at NorseCare, who presented the awards with representatives from suppliers of services to NorseCare, congratulated the staff and spoke of her pride on the night: “Tonight is a wonderful opportunity to recognise the outstanding care and support that our fantastic staff give to the people who live with us. Every year, I am more and more proud of the stories that are shared at this event. It’s lovely to celebrate our finalists and winners and a great opportunity to recognise everyone’s continued hard work and commitment.”

Paul Coleman, winner of the Values in Action award for his work at Harker House residential care home in Long Stratton, South Norfolk expressed his delight: “I am totally over the moon! Being a winner sums up the last year I have had with NorseCare, it means so much to me and I am so thankful to be able to work for such an amazing company and group of people”.

Rhonda Dunthone won the Community Engagement award with her colleague Kelly Potter. The Housing with Care scheme in Lakenham, Norwich has worked closely with Age UK Norwich on their ‘Still On The Ball’ football reminiscence programme and also Lakenham Primary School, with pupils regularly visiting the tenants – playing and craft-making with them. Rhonda explained: “My colleague Kelly and I have worked extremely hard to introduce Lakenham Primary School to our tenants at Harriet Court. We have seen friendships build, smiling faces and most of all – fun and lots of glitter! We held a picnic in the summer with around 50 children; seeing the connection between the people of different ages was very heart warming.”

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