IT WAS celebrations all round as organisers announced the winners of the inaugural Solihull Together for Better Lives awards.
The awards, developed to recognise and celebrate outstanding work by individuals and organisations in Solihull to support older people in the community.
the inspirational ceremony was held in the presence of the Mayor, Coun Kate Wild and awards host Les Lawrence, Chairman of the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust Board.
Jacqueline Aldred, Chair of Healthwatch Solihull and Chair of the Awards judging panel, said these awards are a first for Solihull and mark an exciting new way of working together.
She added: “They are a great example of how we want to move forward, with our shared aim of making life better for people in the borough.”
Dr Patrick Brooke, Accountable Officer for Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group, representing the award organisers, said he hopes the Solihull Together for Better Lives awards will help to raise awareness of the outstanding work which is going on across the public, private and voluntary sectors to support our older residents.
He added: “It has been a real privilege to meet so many of the finalists and winners and hear their stories.
“What they are doing, whether in a professional or voluntary capacity, to improve the quality of people’s lives, is amazing and inspiring. We have a lot to be proud of in Solihull.”
The full list of categories and winners is:
* Care Professional of the Year – Mandy Hannigan, Promoting Independence Coordinator, Supported Integrated Discharge Service.
* Health Professional of the Year – Phillip Hall, Senior Nurse Dementia, Solihull Hospital.
* Care Team of the Year – Swallows Meadow Court.
* Primary Care Service of the Year – Hampton Surgery.
* Award for Dementia-friendly Service – Solihull Council’s Arts and Libraries Service.
* Award for Collaborative Working – Solihull Partnership’s Winter Warmth Campaign Project Team.
* Award for Outstanding Project Delivered in the Community – Paul Murtagh, Walking Football at Beechcroft Multi-Sports Community Club Thursday Club, Solihull Synagogue.
* Award for an Outstanding Initiative in Supported Living – The Team at Phoenix House Extra Care Service.
* Award for Outstanding Customer Experience – George Fentham Trust Lunch Club, Hampton-in-Arden.
* Award for Outstanding Neighbour – Alan Jones and Andrew Orchard.
* Chairman’s Award – Solihull Community Housing.
The Council’s Arts and Libraries services came out on top for Dementia-friendly services. (s)
Solihull Mayor Coun Kate Wild gives Hampton Surgery the Primary Care Service of the Year award. (s)
The award for Outstanding Customer Experience goes to the George Fentham Trust Lunch Club at Hampton in Arden. (s)
Smiles all round for the Thursday Club at Solihull Synagogue,
joint winners of the Outstanding Project delivered in the community. (s)