Congratulations everyone! Here’s the replay from the 12th November 2021.

How it all began.

In 2019, our Operations director Alison Webber noticed the amount of stress and pressure from those working around the clock to keep adults in the community and residential homes, who require care and support in their daily lives, safe and effectively cared for and supported.  

Throughout the last eighteen months the gravity of this stress and pressure has significantly increased as care and support workers have had to work tirelessly throughout the pandemic. Alison and the team are fully aware of how challenging this period has been for those working in the sector and wanted to use this year’s Carers Celebration Event to recognise and celebrate the incredible work that has been apparent throughout. These most difficult of times have highlighted some outstanding practice and we are determined to put the spotlight on the good and positive things about being in the care sector through these awards.

In 2020, Together with her team at Bespoke Consultancy and Education, they launched the inaugural Carers Celebration to celebrate carers from all walks of life and to honour all the hardworking people who provide social care. Upon launching, the event received over 150 nominations within 3 months. Nearly 100 people attended the virtual event to celebrate this memorable day.

Celebrities showed their support for this event such as Andy Day from Andy and The Odd Socks, Gary Davies from BBC Radio 2, Luke Spiller from The Struts, and Barry Farrimond from BBC Radio 4. Generous sponsors from Ravensburger, University Games, Bear Grylls Adventure, Merlin Entertainment, Ty Beanie, Half Moon Bay, The Promotional People, ACF Team Building & Events, Beautiful You UK, Product Zone, MUSICA, Badgemaster and Scruffy Dog Creative Group supported the event with amazing prizes for all the winners.

For details for Carers Celebration 2020, please click here.

What to expect this year?

This year, we continue our journey to celebrate those who work in social care across the UK. There are 5 awards in the Individual Categories and 4 awards in the Team Category. Each award represents the individual and team’s genuine hard work in social care.

There will be a first-place winner, second place winner and third place winner for each award in both categories. Therefore in total, 27 winners.

ALL NOMINATIONS will be recognized and will receive a certificate from us.

Rules of Entry

• Nominees must be aware that they have been nominated for an award, therefore it is the nominator’s responsibility to get permission from the nominee.

• Only shortlisted nominees will be recognised and contacted by organiser.

• Entries must be submitted through the online form provided.

• Closing date 8th October 2021.

Virtual Ceremony date 12th November 2021, Friday in conjunction with World Kindness Day.

• The organizer reserves the right to cancel, postpone or change the venue, date and time of the course should unforeseen circumstances occur. 

• The Organiser reserves the right to disqualify entries that, in their sole discretion, are deemed irrelevant, offensive, and/or do not comply with rules of entry.

• The Organiser reserves the right to disqualify entries that, in their sole discretion, are deemed irrelevant, offensive, and/or do not comply with rules of entry.

• The Organiser reserves the right to disqualify entries that, in their sole discretion, are deemed irrelevant, offensive, and/or do not comply with rules of entry.

ALL NOMINATIONS will be recognized and will receive a certificate from us.

Carer of The Year Award 2021

This award is to recognise carers in any settings who have gone above and beyond in this current climate. Carers contributes significantly to our communities, the economy and support NHS services. A carer’s life can at times be a hard and lonely one. This award is to recognise the person who has done the most to care for residents, service users, a family member, colleagues, or a friend in this current climate. It is to reward individuals who support and care for vulnerable adults or children.

Learner of The Year Award 2021

This award recognises the importance of continuous learning and development in the care sector. This can be achieved in a variety of ways such as the apprenticeships, Skills for Care courses or other core social care courses, including online learning. This award recognises outstanding learning and motivation to continually update knowledge and skills.  

Specialist Care Award 2021

This award recognises the outstanding care given working with learning disability, mental health, dementia, and vulnerable individuals. Someone who provides specialist care in any care settings with physical or learning disabilities as well as mental health problems for both adults and children.

Wellbeing Champion Award 2021

An employee (not necessarily a carer) who actively promotes physical and mental health wellbeing in the workplace by encouraging team members to make healthy choices, helping others coping with a difficult situation in life.

Effective Leadership Award 2021

This person will have identified a need and organised a solution. They have lead a team or taken the initiative to solve the problem in the current climate.

Individual Category

Join us on the 12th of November, Friday at 11am as we announce the winners!

Team Category

Join us on the 12th of November, Friday at 11am as we announce the winners!

Care/Residential Home of The Year Award 2021

With Britain’s ageing population and life expectancy growing, care homes are crucial within the healthcare industry. This award will look at the standard of care and what makes you stand out from other care homes.

Domiciliary/Community Care Services of The Year Award 2021

Domiciliary and community care services are vital within our community to promote independence, enhance wellbeing and protect dignity. This award will look at the standard of care and what makes you stand out from other home care providers. 

Committed to Learning & Development Award 2021

This award recognises the organisation that has shown a real commitment to promoting continuous learning to ensure high quality of care is delivered. We believe the key to raising the standards of social care is through learning and development. We’ll be asking, ‘Why do you think learning and development is important?’, ‘How do you ensure your staff are delivering high-quality care consistently?’, ‘In what ways are you supporting your staff continuous learning and development?’.

Community Business Award 2021

Although this is in the team awards, it is open to individuals who have shown an enterprising mindset to providing a solution to a problem in the current climate. This award is also open to any businesses or social enterprises that have significantly impacted the community for care-related services. It can be a programme, event, or project with not-for-profit social objectives where the business/individual puts community at its core and activities to encourage or raise aspirations in the care sector.

Panel of Judges

We are excited to introduce you to our esteemed panel of judges. Each judge has been selected due to their integrity, experience and passion for the care sector. We are proud to have them as our judging panel this year. Here’s an introduction to each of the judges:

Adam Purnell

Director of Social Care, Institute of Health & Social Care Management

A passionate former care manager, Adam has recently been appointed as the Director of Social Care for the Institute of Health & Social Care Management. He is a keen activist tackling all aspects of social care reform and has a passion for peer support and sector-wide collaboration. Host of the Caring View, a weekly social care chat show, Adam uses his media appearances to elevate the image of social care.

Lindsey Thomas

Locality Manager, Skills for Care (Bristol, Bath & NE Somerset, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire)

Lindsey works as a Locality Manager for Skills for Care, the DHSC delivery partner supporting the Adult Social Care workforce.  Lindsey leads on Skills for Care’s Registered Professionals work for the South West area team.  This includes: Social Work and OT as well as Registered Nursing and the Nursing Associate roles.

Lindsey has worked for Skills for Care for 14 years and is passionate about her role in supporting colleagues in the Adult Social Care workforce to have the right values and skills to be able to carry out their roles to the best of their abilities.  In turn, this means that the people the sector supports, receive the best possible care. 

Lindsey believes that there is always opportunity in collaborative working in her Locality Manager role and enjoys working with colleagues not only from the Adult Social Care sector but, increasingly, with colleagues from Health through the Integrated Care Systems.

Karen Bridges

HR Advisor, Bear Grylls Adventure, Merlin Entertainment

Karen is a HR Advisor at The Bear Grylls Adventure by Merlin Entertainments Limited. She is passionate about social care as she has worked in a care home dealing with dementia patients and has experienced first-hand the hard work and empathy required. She believes deeply all carers are unsung heroes and with COVID in the picture, care workers really shone through. She supports this worthy and heartfelt cause one that is close to her heart personally and is honoured to be part of the judging panel this year.

Dr Jane Townson

CEO, Homecare Association

Jane is CEO of the Homecare Association and an award-winning leader in industries from social and health care to housing, and from food production to medical screening, with the common purpose of extending healthy lifespan. Founder of LifeSpan100 Ltd. Formerly CEO Somerset Care; Chairman YourLife; ICI, AstraZeneca, Syngenta.

Stacey Robinson

One Gloucestershire Apprenticeship Hub Project Manager/Widening Access and Apprenticeship Lead
Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust

Stacey is passionate about raising the profile of apprenticeships in all sectors, especially in health and social care, and the benefits they bring to individual learners, employers and the communities they serve.  Recently Stacey was presented with the ‘Outstanding Contribution to Apprenticeships in Gloucestershire’ at the Gloucestershire Live 2021 Apprenticeship Awards in recognition of her work across the county.

Tony Holdom

Creative Director, Misfits Theatre Company

Bio coming soon.

Rosie Mead

Founder & CEO, Musica Music and Wellbeing CIC

Rosie Mead is the founder and CEO of Musica Music and Wellbeing CIC. Working in the healthcare sector for the past 12 years as both an academic, trainer and community musician, Rosie has gained a breadth of experience and knowledge around how to embed meaningful music within dementia care. She is keen to share this knowledge with healthcare professionals and unpaid caregivers, to work collaboratively to provide the best care that supports the wellbeing and quality of life of individuals living with dementia.

Supporters, Partners and Sponsors

Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have.

Margaret Mead