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Search for Staffordshire’s dignity in care champions begins

People are being invited to nominate work colleagues, carers, friends and family members who put dignity at the heart of everything they do for a special award.

The Staffordshire County Council Dignity in Care Awards recognise care services and individuals who Ensure people in care are treated with dignity and respect, and are given choice, control and a sense of purpose in their daily lives.

The Awards, which have now been running for over 5 years, have been launched today (Wednesday 1 February) as part of national Dignity Action Day.

Alan White, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Health, Care and Wellbeing said:

“Our Dignity in Care awards are a wonderful celebration of those people who provide the highest level of care in our communities, always going beyond the normal good support and going that extra mile.

“It’s a chance to showcase care services across the county and the high quality of support people receive.  This year we want nominations from everyone and we want to celebrate as many people as possible, including young people, family carers, community groups, organisations, supportive friends, or even neighbours.

“Nominating someone is really easy and it’s the perfect opportunity to recognise and thank them for the wonderful difference they make.”

Previous winner Jenny Fayle, from Staffordshire’s Linfield Care said: “To win 3 awards at last year’s ceremony was such an unexpected privilege. It was genuinely moving to hear all the wonderful stories behind the awards and it certainly restores our faith in the inherent goodness of people.”

Categories in this year’s awards include: Learning, Creativity, Community, Young Dignity Champion and overall Carer

Each nomination will be reviewed by the judging panel.  Those shortlisted will be invited to the celebration event at Newcastle College on 2 August 2017 where the winners will be announced and presented with their prizes.

The closing date for nominations is Friday 26th May 2017.  Further details and nomination forms are available at www.staffordshire.gov.uk/dignityincare, by emailing dignity@staffordshire.gov.uk, or calling 01785 355795.

People can find out more about national Dignity Action Day at:

http://www.dignityincare.org.uk/Dignity_in_Care_events/Dignity_Action_Day/