• Employees at the award ceremony
  • Bailey the dog

The outstanding performances of employees across the county have been celebrated at The Orders of St John Care Trust’s annual Employee Awards ceremony, held on Thursday 23rd of May 2019, at Wellington Barn in Calstone in Wiltshire.

Over 100 guests attended our 2019 Employee Awards ceremony, an annual county event which recognises care home and support team members for their work achievements.

Kerry Dearden, Deputy CEO, was our master of ceremonies and Dan Hayes, CEO, performed the opening address and Lucy Holl, Trust Operations Director, concluded the awards with the closing address.

A very special nominee won a newly added award at the event - “Highly Commended”. Bailey, the much-loved dog at Goodson Lodge in Trowbridge. He won the accolade for his time spent at the home and his great sense of character as well as always helping to reassure the residents and makes them feel safe and happy.

Qualification Achievers
Certificates were presented by Sue Lane, HR Director, to our employees who have achieved qualifications in: Business & Administration, Health & Social Care, Moving & Handling Trainer, Care Certificate Mentoring, and Hospitality, Supervision & Leadership.

This year’s awards were presented by Mrs Sarah Troughton, The Lord-Lieutenant of Wiltshire, to:

Carer of the Year: Kelly Broad, Watersmead in Westbury
Young Carer of the Year: Taylar Ford, Seymour House in Chippenham
Leader of the Year: Helen Butler, Hayward Care Centre in Devizes
Hospitality Award: Kirsty Comley, Marden Court in Calne
Unsung Hero: Gary Bayliss, Seymour House in Chippenham
Volunteer of the Year: Issy Warren, Athelstan House in Malmesbury
Activity Co-ordinator of the Year: Jackie Davies from Buckland Court in Amesbury & Lianne Jones from Coombe End Court in Marlborough
Newcomer of the Year: Sara Leigh, Watersmead in Westbury
Office (Homes) Employee of the Year: Chris Sykes, Goodson Lodge in Trowbridge

The Long Service Awards were presented by Don Wood CBE, Chairman of the Trustees. These included:

40 years

Linda Jefferies, Hungerford House in Corsham

30 years

Elaine Evans, Buckland Court in Amesbury

25 years

Julie Hatchman, Bemerton Lodge in Salisbury

Dan Hayes, Chief Executive at OSJCT, comments: "All our employees work very hard and are committed to reaching and maintaining the highest standard of care for our residents. The award ceremony provides special recognition to those instrumental to the Trusts achievements, made more special by the fact that they have been nominated by their colleagues. It is delightful to be able to celebrate individual successes together and I feel lucky to be associated with such wonderful people.”