11th Dec, 2016

All invited to make nominations for Solihull Together for better lives awards

Solihull Editorial 5th Mar, 2016 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

THE DEADLINE for nominations in the Solihull Together for better lives awards – the annual awards recognising individuals and organisations who are working together to make life better for Solihull residents – has been extended to Monday, March 14 to give people one final chance to nominate.

They have been created by a partnership of local health and social care organisations: Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Solihull Council, Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, West Midlands Ambulance Service, Solihull’s primary care providers, the voluntary and community sector and lay members representing the Solihull community.

The focus of this year’s awards – which are being officially supported by media partner the Solihull Observer – is on those people and organisations who provide care and support to adults in Solihull, particularly vulnerable and frail people.

Coun Ken Meeson, Chair of Solihull’s Health and Wellbeing Board, and member of the Awards judging panel, added: “We want to know if you, or a family member, have had a great experience of care and support which has made life better or easier.

“Or if you’ve received care from an individual, or team of people, who has gone the extra mile and provided an amazing service.”

The Solihull Together for better lives Awards ceremony will take place on Thursday, April 21 at the Renewal Conference Centre, Solihull.

Nominations are welcome from Solihull residents, family members of people living in Solihull and anyone working in Solihull.

Full details and online nomination forms are available at www.solihulltogether.co.uk

The closing date for nominations is noon on March 14 and anyone still wanting to make their submission is urged to as a matter of urgency to avoid missing the deadline.

Observer editor Chris Willmott said: “We are delighted to be supporting this year’s Solihull

Together for better lives awards and even more delighted to be sponsoring the Outstanding Neighbour category, which reflects the wonderful people we hear stories from day in, day out at the paper.

“We are really excited about seeing the entries for all the awards, and the Outstanding Neighbour award in particular, and hearing all about the wonderful efforts of the nominees.”

Do you know someone who is worthy of the Solihull Together for better lives award?

If you do, then please make sure you nominate them and give them a chance of scooping the coveted title.

Entries can still be made via the website – solihulltogether.co.uk.

About the awards:

1) The Solihull Together award for Outstanding Neighbour – sponsored by the Solihull Observer: An award for an individual or group who have made a difference to the life of an adult (or group of adults) in Solihull.

For the purposes of this award, a ‘neighbour’ does not have to live in the immediate vicinity of the person they’ve helped; it could be someone who lives further away but has assisted, in an unpaid or voluntary capacity, a Solihull resident.

2) The Solihull Together Care Professional of the Year:

An award for a social care professional who works, in a paid capacity, to improve the lives of adults in Solihull.

3) The Solihull Together Health Professional of the Year:

An award for a health care worker (e.g. qualified nurse, doctor etc.), who works to improve the lives of adults in Solihull, particularly those who are vulnerable or frail.

4) The Solihull Together Care Team of the Year:

An award for any team (made up of two or more people) that has made a substantial contribution to caring for adults in Solihull, particularly those who are vulnerable or frail. This award is open to professional and voluntary groups and includes teams who provide care at home, in a care home or other setting.

5) The Solihull Together Primary Care Service of the Year:

This award is open to providers of primary care including dentists, opticians, pharmacies, GP surgeries and walk-in centres. It recognises innovation in services for adults, particularly those who are vulnerable or frail.

6) The Solihull Together award for Dementia-friendly service

An award for any commercial, public sector or voluntary organisation in Solihull that has introduced service improvements or innovations to help people live well with dementia.

7) The Solihull Together award for collaborative working

This award is open to any partnership or project which involves two or more organisations, groups or societies working together to support adults in Solihull, particularly those who are vulnerable or frail. It is open to all types of organisation including private, public sector and voluntary groups such as clubs, associations and neighbourhood forums.

8) The Solihull Together award for an outstanding project delivered in the community

An award for an innovative project delivered in a community setting, which supports adults, particularly those who are vulnerable or frail. This is open to all types of organisation including voluntary groups and private or public sector organisations. It is also open to individuals.

9) The Solihull Together award for outstanding customer experience:

An award open to businesses or voluntary organisations that provide a great customer experience for vulnerable or frail adults in Solihull.

10) The Solihull Together ‘Beyond the call of duty’ award:

This award recognises the work of the Emergency Services and other crisis response teams. It celebrates teams or individuals who go the extra mile in a crisis to support adults living in Solihull, particularly those who are vulnerable or frail. This is open to all types of organisation including voluntary groups. It is also open to individuals.

11) The Solihull Together Chairman’s Award:

This is a discretionary award that may be given by the Chair of the judging panel to any nominee who has demonstrated commitment to improving the lives of Solihull citizens, particularly those adults who are vulnerable or frail. (No nominations required for this award)