Oct 2011 - Oxfordshire care home staff are rewarded at Awards Ceremony

More than 120 Oxfordshire care home staff have been recognised for their work achievements at a recent awards ceremony.  The annual awards ceremony took place at The Kings Centre on 22 September for staff across its 18 homes in the county at The Kings Centre in Osney Mead.


Annette Hornsby from Longlands care home in Blackbird Leys was presented with Volunteer of the Year. Annette, who is registered blind, has volunteered at the home since 2007 and regularly visits the home with her guide dog Ki to offer aromatherapy sessions to residents. She also helps out with any fundraising opportunities at the home.









This year’s Unsung Hero award was presented to two staff members – Claudio Catarino, Care Leader at St Edburgs in Bicester and Stephen Dempsey, Care Leader from Orchard Meadows in Banbury.


Andrea Woods, home manager at St Edburgs said: “Claudio is very dedicated and goes above and beyond his duties to make sure all residents are happy. A popular member of staff at the home, he regularly takes residents out on trips to shopping or for a coffee, often out of his work hours.”


Stephen has been exemplary in his assistance in the development of Orchard Meadows Extra Care facility, which opened in June this year. Senior colleagues are exceptionally proud of his attitude and the success and smooth running of the home is largely down to his hard work and dedication,” said Monika Ziolkowska, Housing & Care manager at Orchard Meadows.


Learner of the Year award went to Krzysztof Gilowski, Carer at Townsend House in Headington for his thoughtful and caring approach to all residents in his care.






Certificates were also awarded to staff who achieved NVQs in Health and Social Care, Housekeeping and Catering, as well as City and Guilds, Moving and Handling and Supervisory Management qualifications.  The certificates were presented in front of Trustees, Directors, colleagues and family.


Long service awards for 25, 30 and 35 years service to the Trust were also recognised. Pictured left with Nigel Reed, Chief Executive is Jean Snuggs, Night Carer at Stirlings Wantage who has achieved 35 years long service.


Speaking at the ceremony, Nigel Reed said: “The awards ceremony recognises the essential role of all our employees in delivering quality care and is an opportunity to celebrate individual’s training achievements and long service.


“It is a fantastic occasion for colleagues, residents, friends and partners of OSJCT to come together to celebrate the hard work shown by our team and say a big thank you to all of our staff.”




25 Years Service

Vivienne Smith, Henry Cornish Care Centre, Chipping Norton.

Delia Bowen, Chef, Isis House, Oxford.

Diane Davidson, Care Leader, Marston Court, Marston.

Jayne Trinder, Mayott House, Abingdon.

Julie Allum, Westgate House, Wallingford.

Sheila Digweed, Westgate House, Wallingford.


30 Years Service

Mary Shannon, Night Carer, Larkrise, Banbury.

Patricia Pomroy, Laundress, Marston Court, Marston.


35 years service

Jean Snuggs, Night Carer, Stirlings

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