Date: 11/12/2008 Category: Social Care
Carers, who open their homes and lives to people with a complex range of needs, have been honoured at an awards ceremony. The Shared Lives Carer's Awards 2008 took place at Cooling Castle Barn with guests including Cllr Tom Mason, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Adult Social Care and Rose Collinson, Director of Children and Adult Services. The winners were: Bernard and Jackie Lee (longstanding award gold), Melvyn Emmett (longstanding award silver), Kim Shilling (longstanding award bronze), Sarah King and Vikki Newman (outstanding gold), Nod Worrell (outstanding silver), Joyce Purkiss (outstanding bronze) and Lyn Barnes (best practice award). Cllr Mason said: “Short term and long term placements continue to be valuable services that carers provide and these awards are our way of saying thank you and recognising the essential work they do. Choosing the winners is always a difficult decision because we have so many fantastic nominations. Well done to all the winners and keep up the good work.” Medway’s adult placement scheme was created in 2001; it is now called Shared Lives to better reflect the positive work carried out by everyone involved in the service. Anyone interested in becoming a shared lives carer can phone 01634 337100. Bernard and Jackie Lee – longstanding award gold The couple have been professional carers for 11 years and have delayed retirement to continue to support the young man living with them. This year they supported him to move into his own flat, which was a big step for all of them. Melvyn Emmett – longstanding award silver Melvyn was the first person to be recruited by the adult placement scheme and since then he has worked tirelessly to support a young man with complex needs move from a residential care home to a family home. Kim Shilling – longstanding award bronze This year mum-of-two Kim Shilling, and her husband, have welcomed a lady, with challenging behaviour, into their family home. Kim’s patience and skill and her ability to balance the needs of everyone in the household have been recognised and praised. Sarah King and Vikki Newman – outstanding gold The two women joined the service 18 months ago and since then have provided a permanent placement for one young man who has gained increasing independence with their support. Nod Worrell – outstanding silver This year Nod became the main carer for two ladies who have lived with him and his family for many years. Joyce Purkiss – outstanding bronze A dedicated and committed carer, Joyce joined the scheme four years ago and currently supports a woman who has behavioural difficulties. Lyn Barnes – best practice award Lyn has been a carer with Medway for five years and has always shown a willingness to learn and develop her skills. She has supported two people with long-term placements – one person has now gone on to successfully live independently. Picture caption: Winners with Cllr Tom Mason and Rose Collinson, Director of Children and Adult Services.