The manager of a Scope service in London, and a Residential Support Worker at Scope’s Craig Y Parc School near Cardiff, are both in the running to be crowned overall winners at the Great British Care Awards next year. The awards celebrate excellence in social care and pay tribute to those who work in the sector throughout England.
Karen Batchelor who manages Scope’s Waltham Forest Community Services, secured her spot at the national final after winning ‘The Care Employer category’, at the Great London Care Awards earlier this month. Chloe Boundford, a Residential Support Worker at Scope’s Craig Y Parc School also heads to the national finals after winning ‘The Care Home Worker Award’ at the The Great South West Care Awards.
Karen was nominated by her manager, Mick Burgess, for her incredible work transforming a day centre for disabled people, which focused on providing social activities, into a service that is fully focused on helping the people it supports to achieve their individual dreams and ambitions in life.
Mick Burgess said:
“The whole charity - especially the team at Waltham Forest Community Services - are immensely proud of Karen and of what she has been able to achieve.
“When things change at services there can be a great deal of apprehension and worry for the staff and people who use the service alike and I have to say that transforming this service was by no means an easy task. “But a huge part of this success was Karen’s sensitivity to these concerns, teamed with her passion and determination to get things right for disabled people. Her award is incredibly well deserved.”
On winning her award Karen said:
“Disabled people face a lot of barriers in life and I think assumptions are often made about what they can achieve, based on their perceived ‘limitations’. “Changing our service was all about making sure people had a better chance of reaching their full potential, by really listening to what they wanted and then making sure we could help to provide those opportunities. “Winning the award was fantastic, but the most rewarding part of all this has been watching the people we support grow as a result of the changes, and doing things now that they didn’t before think possible.”
Chloe was nominated by Jon Trubridge, Residential Team Leader, for her incredible work with the students at Scope’s Craig Y Parc School near Cardiff, a school for pupils with cerebral palsy and other complex support needs.
Jon Trubridge said:
“This award is incredibly well deserved. Chloe is an inspiration to us all - young, dedicated and positive about what the disabled children and young people at our school can achieve.
“She is an outstanding support worker who always goes over and above the call of duty and motivates students and other staff members alike.”
On winning the award Chloe said:
“The awards were a great experience, I didn’t expect to win and I was so shocked when they announced my name. “Being at the awards put it into perspective just how much that we all do, and how it makes a difference to people’s lives, it was nice to be recognised.
“I love my job, every day is different and its great. It’s not the type of job that just finishes when you go home, it’s a passion and a lifestyle – much more than just work.”