Thursday 24th September was the annual Oxfordshire Employee Awards Ceremony which took place at the exquisite Oxford Town Hall.

As well as receiving various awards, the event was an opportunity to acknowledge and thank all of the OSJCT employees for their continuous hard work, dedication and brilliant performance, both in the homes and in the office.

Our master of ceremonies Sara Wright, HR Director welcomed everyone to the awards and invited Richard Hawes, Care Quality Director to give an opening address.

This year over 50 colleagues achieved qualifications in their area of expertise and they were presented with their awards by Millie Wentworth-Stanley, Trustee of OSJCT.

The Care & Quality Accreditation Awards were presented by Mary Horner, Head of Care Quality and Victoria Lyons from Dementia UK.

The Special Awards were presented by Sam Clarke DL, Deputy Lieutenant of Oxfordshire and were as follows:

Special Awards

Carer of the Year - Yvonne Lines, Old Station House

Young Carer of the Year - Holly Knightley, Meadowcroft

Leader of the Year - Angie Williams, Operations Centre

Hospitality Award - Maria Meira, Madley Park

Unsung Hero - Katie Grant, Westgate

Volunteer of the Year - Gladys Bird, Westgate

Activity Co-ordinator of the Year - Elina Hollinrake, Stirlings

Office/Support Employee of the Year - Jackie Leader. Old Station House -

The long service awards were presented by Dan Hayes, Acting Chief Executive:

Long Service Awards

25 years – Nettle Melhado, Longlands

25 years – Susan Pring, Spencer Court

25 Years – Julie Ritson, The Meadows

30 years – Carol Bothwell, Operations Centre

30 years – Nirmal Gill, Marston Court

35 years – Valerie Jarvis, The Meadows

40 years – Wendy Moore, Stirlings

40 years – Ashley Kirby, Stirlings

40 years – Christine Pearce, Westgate House

Dan Hayes gave a closing speech thanking all the employees again for their hard work, pride and dedication to their various roles.

A lovely buffet was served after the ceremony and the opportunity to catch up with old and new faces was enjoyed by all.