Care to celebrate? Please do…

There’s still time to nominate for the Great British Care Awards, and, with so much fantastic support going on in and around our city, a moment of your time could really lift the spirits of someone special you know that deserves a nomination.

The natural instinct to care for those who are in need of support is part and parcel of life for many, and at some point in our lives, most of us will be involved in looking after an older relative, a sick friend or a disabled family member, whether that caring is paid or unpaid. It can often be unexpected too – a fall; a broken hip; a stroke; something that can’t be controlled but something that can change lives overnight. Although the personal costs of caring can be high, there is a way to reward the committed ones who goes the extra mile; who are never too busy to lend a helping hand. Whether this is someone who is paid for caring or not, it’s so important that these unsung heroes are celebrated and thanked for their support.

And here is your opportunity. There is still time to nominate someone for the Great British Care Awards, Yorkshire and Humberside regional section, closing date Monday 23 September.   Supported by the Department of Health these awards celebrate excellence in social care and pay tribute to those who work in the care sector throughout England. It really doesn’t take long. It doesn’t have to be an essay; it just has to be heartfelt and honest.

The awards are all inclusive, bringing together the statutory, independent and voluntary sectors, as well as unpaid carers; promoting joint working within social care whether with older people or specialist services.  From frontline care workers and managers to people who have made an impact in other ways such as training and innovation. The purpose of the awards is to pay tribute to those individuals who have demonstrated outstanding excellence within their field of work.

We asked the winner of the 2012 regional Yorkshire and Humberside Care awards Care Trainer category Nicky Lyall of St Anne’s Community Services, what it felt like to be nominated:

It was a complete surprise – I didn’t know I’d been nominated until I got an email telling me I’d been shortlisted for an award. To say I was both shocked and overwhelmed is an understatement! I think I read the email 3 or 4 times before I realised that yes, it was my name that had been put forward!

 My manager had nominated me and I felt so proud and really very valued.  To be recognised for the work I’ve done and continue to do has never been my motivator – helping others has, but it was a great feeling to know that someone thought enough about me to put pen to paper.

Then, when a group of us were invited to the regional award at the National Railway Museum, York, well it was like being at the Oscars, very glitzy and great fun!   I didn’t know I’d won my category until my name was announced and then I was presented with the trophy.  Winning the award was brilliant and there are now two trophies on my mantelpiece – the regional award and one for being a national finalist. I really wouldn’t have minded if I’d won or not – just being  nominated was reward enough, not just for me as an individual but also for St Anne’s.

I couldn’t encourage people more to take the time to nominate someone. Not everyone wants or needs the recognition but it really is comforting and humbling to know that you’re well thought of and most of us know someone who is, so why not?

There are 9 regional awards which take place throughout the autumn leading to 2 national finals for both home care and care home sectors which will once again take place in London’s splendid Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane in April 2014.     Each regional winner goes onto the national final. 

Each nomination is free.

The nomination categories are:

  • Ancillary /worker award
  • Putting People First/Personalisation Award
  • Care Employer Award
  • Care Home Activity Organiser Award
  • Care Home Nutrition and Hydration Award
  • Care Home Registered Manager Award
  • Care Home Worker Award
  • Care Innovator Award
  • Care Newcomer Award
  • Care Team Award
  • Care Trainer Award
  • Carer’s Award
  • Dignity in Care award
  • Frontline Leaders Award
  • Home Care Co-ordinators Award
  • Home Care worker Award
  • Outstanding Contribution to Social Care Award                 


All nominations will undergo shortlisting by an independent team from the sector. The team includes representatives from the associations representing both care homes and home care, the English Community Care Association and Ceretas,  promoting professional care at home.   Shortlisted nominees will be invited to attend an interview with a panel of judges.

The Gala Event

All the finalists have the opportunity to attend a spectacular gala dinner at the National Railway Museum in York on Friday 8 November 2013, where the winners will be announced. The gala dinner will include a champagne reception, dinner with celebrity presenter and dancing into the night.

So now you know what to do, if you do know of someone, please visit and get nominating!

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