Carers in finals of prestigious industry awards

17th of October, 2011 Bookmark and Share
Two carers from the same Gloucestershire company are celebrating after reaching the finals of prestigious care awards.

Kerry-Ann Lees and Andrea Baird, who both work for Stroud-based DoCare, are through to the finals of the Great South West Care Awards, to be held in Bristol on November 4th.

Kerry-Ann is based at DoCare’s team in Cirencester and Andrea is with the team in Yate. DoCare has six teams, with the others based in Cheltenham, Dursley, Stroud and Gloucester.

“I was really surprised to be told I was a finalist, but very pleased,” said Kerry- Ann, 35, from Nailsworth, who has been with DoCare for over five years. “I’ve always been in care work, I love the variety and I particularly love working with elderly people.”

Kerry-Ann is a finalist for the Dementia Carer Award; she undertook the Dementia Link Programme run in Gloucestershire, and the specialist training she has had helps her to work very effectively with dementia clients and with cross training the team.

Andrea, 41, from Chipping Sodbury, has been with DoCare for two-and-a-half years and this year won the company’s Employee of the Year award. She is a finalist for the Home Carer Award.

“I used to work in an office, but decided to switch to care work five years ago and I love it,” she said. “I love meeting all the different people, all the various personalities. I got my NVQ level 2 qualification with DoCare and am hoping to do more courses, as I always want to improve myself and get better at my job.”

Steve Mills, DoCare managing director, said he was very proud of Kerry-Ann and Andrea for reaching the finals.

“Kerry-Ann has been key to leading our dementia initiatives and she is instrumental in the growth of the Cirencester team, driving our dementia programme for the benefit of clients, staff and strategic partners,” he said. “Andrea was strategic to the establishment of our South Gloucestershire team and is our current DoCare Employee of the Year in recognition of her dedication to the company, our clients and her team.”

The Great British Care Awards are a series of regional events throughout England and are a celebration of excellence across the care sector. The purpose of the awards is to pay tribute to individuals who have demonstrated outstanding excellence within their field of work. This year there are nine regional awards leading to two national finals for both the home care and care home sectors. The awards have received support from across the social care sector, including the Department of Health and the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS).

Notes to editors:

DoCare covers 650 square miles and has teams based in Cirencester, Cheltenham, Dursley, Gloucester, Stroud and Yate. Its head office is in Stroud.

Set up in 2004, this family-run business provides care and support to suit the needs of its clients, which may be half-an-hour a day or multiple visits per day. Help can be long-term or temporary and covers a range of support, from organising meals and shopping, to personal care or helping with housework. By enlisting help from DoCare, people are able to remain in their own homes instead of going into a care or nursing home. DoCare takes both private referrals and those from Social Services. Not all clients are elderly; DoCare can help all adults who need care at home.

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