Independence Matters Norwich employee wins national dementia care award
Independence Matters is delighted that support worker Suzanne Warnes has won the Dementia Carer Award at the national finals of the Great British Care Awards.
Suzanne was nominated for the award by her colleagues at Harford Hill dementia day service in Norwich and qualified for the national finals by winning at the East of England regional finals in November. The national finals saw her compete against finalists from eight other regions across the UK to be selected national champion in the Dementia Carer Award category. She was taken completely by surprise when presenter Jeremy Vine announced her win at the prestigious awards ceremony at Birmingham’s ICC on Friday 16th March.
Independence Matters’ Regional Director, Carolyn Graham said: “We are really proud of Suzanne for not only the way in which she cares for the people with dementia attending our service, but also for the way she has developed personally to increase the knowledge of other support workers and the community in terms of improved understanding of people whose lives are affected by dementia. A well-deserved award.”
The GB Care Awards team said: “Suzanne shows a great understanding of how to build a connection with a person with dementia. Through her care people living with dementia are enabled to live their lives to the full and take charge of their future. Suzanne is also inspiring the next generation of carers and supporting the people affected by dementia in the community.”
The Great British Care Awards are supported by organisations across the care sector including the Department of Health and Alzheimer’s Society and offer twenty one categories for individuals to be nominated by colleagues, representing all areas of the care sector. They aim to celebrate excellence across the care sector by recognising frontline staff and specialist care in areas such as dementia and innovation.