TWO Solihull social workers have been selected as finalists for a prestigious national award to recognise outstanding work with vulnerable adults.
Louise Redsull and Lara Box, who work within Solihull council’s All Age Disability and Mental Health teams, will attend the Social Worker of the Year award 2018.
They have been nominated for the Adult Social Worker and Mental Health Social Worker of the Year prizes and will find out if they have won at an awards ceremony in London in November.
Louise and Lara are two of 93 finalists across 16 categories and the winners from each category will compete against each other to be named the Overall Social Worker of the Year 2018.
The awards ceremony is the leading celebration of its kind in the social care sector, and recognises the achievements and successes of the profession’s most dedicated social workers.
Solihull’s cabinet member for adult social care and health Karen Grinsell said: “I’m absolutely thrilled that Louise and Lara have been shortlisted for this prestigious accolade.
“Just getting to this stage is a fantastic achievement and one they should both be immensely proud of.
“The care sector is a tough industry to work in so it’s great that these awards recognise the dedication and commitment of individuals who work hard to keep our local residents safe and well.
“I wish Louise and Lara the best of luck for the awards ceremony in November.”
The awards were judged by leading influencers in the social work sector including chief social workers Isabelle Trowler and Lyn Romeo, children’s commissioner for England Anne Longfield OBE and Maris Stratulis (England manager, British Association of Social Workers).
People who have received support from social workers were also represented on the judging panel.
For more information about the Social Worker of the Year Awards please see www.socialworkawards.com.