Caring Nancy wins award
has proved you are never too old to work – after being named
Liverpool’s favourite care worker at the age of 74.
The sprightly pensioner from Halewood has scooped the
‘People’s Choice’ prize at the annual ‘i Care’
awards, organised by Liverpool JET (Jobs, Enterprise and
Nancy has worked as a carer for 30 years. Since 1996 she has been
working for Allied Healthcare, where she supports people with
physical and learning disabilities to continue living at home.
She gets up at the crack of dawn each day and is out of the house by
6.45am to do her morning rounds, helping get people out of bed,
bathed and with breakfast. She then has more calls at lunchtime,
teatime and in the evening.
Nancy was nominated by Susan Coulling, who she has cared for over
the last five years. Susan describes her as “my little fairy”
and praised her for going the extra mile to help the people she
At Christmas Nancy even makes dinners for all the people she
supports - and takes them round to their home if she knows they will
be alone over the festive season.
Nancy said:- “I was so surprised to be nominated and didn’t
know anything about it until I was invited to the awards. I am so
pleased – it is really nice to be appreciated. I really love my job
and just enjoy getting out and about meeting people. I feel too well
to even consider thinking about retiring!”
Nancy is one of ten winners of the ‘i Care’ awards,
which are designed to promote excellence in social care, and to
encourage more people to enter the profession.
The award now has pride of place on the mantelpiece at her home in
Councillor Ron Gould, Liverpool’s executive member for health, care
and safeguarding, said:- “There are so many dedicated people
working in social care who make a real difference to the lives of
those that they help. The awards are a chance to highlight the
many selfless and generous staff who work above and beyond the call
of duty. It was a really hard task to pick who should win, and
we have tried to choose the most outstanding entries.”
The other winners are:-
Outstanding “Newcomer” to social care:-
Faiza Al-Shamiri – Home Instead Senior Care
Faiza was nominated by her manager who described her as “a
wonderful person with a very good heart” Faiza was trained
through the Liverpool JET Service pre-employment training programme
and quickly found work in the social care sector.
Outstanding Care / Support Worker working with Children and Young
Irene Usher – Liverpool Crossroads
Irene’s manager described her as “dedicated and caring, who is
a valued member of the team and is very well respected by the
families she supports.” Irene has worked for Crossroads for
Outstanding Care / Support Worker working in a Nursing / Care Home
Linda Billingsley – Age Concern
Linda said that:- “selflessly puts the needs of the service
users before her own. She genuinely cares for the people who live
there and has been pivotal in created an upbeat, enthusiastic and
Outstanding Care / Support Worker working in a Domicilliary Care
Donna Rooney – Home Instead Senior Care
Donna was nominated for her attitude, dedication, ability and drive
ensure high quality care is provided and maintained at all times.
Outstanding Care / Support Worker working with People with Mental
Peter McGuinnity – Liverpool Crossroads
Peter had worked as a long distance lorry driver before getting
employment with Crossroads in 2005. He has a gentle, caring nature
which is an asset and enables him to gain the confidence and trust
of his clients. Peter goes that extra mile, getting to know his
clients and looking beyond the disability.
Outstanding Manager in a social care environment:-
Kath Stoddart – North West Community Services
Kath has worked at NWCS for 10 years starting as a support worker
and is now a service manager. She has become a natural advocate for
many people who use the services of NWCS, always going that extra
mile for service users and their families.
Outstanding award for continued professional development:-
Kate McWilliam – Signpost Ltd
Kate had originally planned to pursue a career in chemical
engineering but after working in social care to support herself
through her studies she changed her mind. Whilst pursuing her new
career, Kate has achieved a degree in Psychology and is finishing
her NVQ4 in leadership and management. This is in addition to
persuading colleagues to study and assisting a client undertake a
course in computer studies
Outstanding Care / Support Worker working with People with Physical
Chantelle Culley – Homecarers Liverpool Ltd
Chantelle supports people with mobility problems and has followed
her mother into the profession. She always has a smile for her
clients and takes time to chat and encourage her clients to take
their medication, eat their meals, and get washed and dressed.
Outstanding Care / Support Worker working with People with Learning
Ron Challinor – Northwest Community Services
Ron had worked in Civil Engineering until ill health meant he had to
change career. Ron supports a man with learning disabilities and
communication difficulties and has helped him turn his life around.
Dil Daly, Chair of the 800 Group which has supported the awards,
said:- “We are delighted to be the sponsor of the second ‘I
Care Awards’ which recognise excellence in health and social care.
Although the first awards were launched in 2008 they have very
quickly become a showcase for everything that is good in our sector.
The 800 Group is very pleased to play a part in the awards in 2009.”
The winners were announced at an awards ceremony at the Holiday Inn
in the city centre hosted by actor Danny McCall, who is appearing in
pantomime at the Deco Theatre in Northampton this year.
Festive fun at the 2009 Reindeer Run!
are being asked to ‘Dasher’ over to Larkhill Gardens
in Clubmoor and help raise cash for the perfect gift for
schoolchildren – new play equipment!
A Festive Reindeer Run, on Saturday, 12 December 2009, will see
scores of local people, of all ages, get in the Christmas spirit and
don their antlers to raise funds for Roscoe Primary School.
Runners can take in a short or slightly longer route around Larkhill
Gardens and at the end, everyone will be treated to drinks and mince
pies. Santa will also be coming along to meet the children and
hand out gifts.
All the money raised at the event will go towards improving outdoor
play provision for the Nursery and Reception children at Roscoe
Primary School, L13.
The ‘Reindeer Run for Roscoe’ is organised by St
Andrews Church in Clubmoor. Entrance costs £2 per person (£5 per
family) and everyone is welcome!
CHARITIES FLOOD THE
MARKET WITH MILLIONS OF TELEPHONE CALLS FOR DONATIONS
ON 8 December
2009 UK charities are counting the cost of the recent postal strikes
and stepping up their appeals by bombarding families with an
unprecedented level of telephone calls for donations, according to
new findings from one of the UK’s leading consumer privacy services.
The Call Prevention Registry, the UK’s leading anti-nuisance calls
service provider, an organisation which puts a stop to all
unsolicited telemarketing calls made to consumers registered on its
service, has found that there has been a sharp rise in the number of
calls made to UK households by charities in the four weeks leading
up to the end of November.
According to the Call Prevention Registry’s ‘Nature of
Nuisance Calls in the UK’ November survey, a monthly
analysis of thousands of consumers across the UK who are receiving
unsolicited sales and nuisance calls, 1 in 5 (21%) of all calls made
to UK households are currently being made by charities – the highest
volume than at any time since the start of the credit
crunch-come-recession at the end of 2007 and early 2008.
“Christmas is a key time for fundraising and a combination of
factors has conspired to make this years’ charity campaigns
particularly challenging. The postal strikes in October have
evidently had an adverse affect on many charities’ autumn campaigns
which have subsequently impacted on their appeals in the run up to
Christmas – traditionally the most important time of the year for
charities. This has been exacerbated by the current economic
downturn.” said Paul MacKenzie-Cummins, spokesperson for the
Call Prevention Registry...
With most charities reliant on postal donations it would appear that
many have been forced into seeking alternative methods to attract
much needed funds this year. Which when combined with the
unprecedented levels of telemarketing calls currently being made by
loan and debt management companies, means that consumers are being
bombarded by a record volume of telephone sales calls this
Speaking our language
cultural diversity will be celebrated on Wednesday, 9 December 2009
as the city’s high-flying ethnic minority students are honoured.
The 2009 Community Languages Project – part of Liverpool City
Council’s Ethnic Minority and Traveller Achievement Service (EMTAS)
- will reward young people who have achieved top exam grades in a
range of languages .
The EMTAS Community Languages project aims to give young people in
the city for whom English is not the first language, the chance to
excel in exams in their mother tongue.
Set up in 2005, this year has been the most successful ever for the
initiative. Almost 80 students who completed GCSEs and other
qualifications in Arabic, Somali and Chinese in 2009 will be guests
of honour at the event – including many who achieved A* and A
2009 also saw Liverpool become one of the first cities in the
country to introduce a nationally recognised Somali language
qualification. The Community Languages team worked with exam board
OCR to develop the qualification, and the first Liverpool six
students sat their ‘breakthrough’ assessment in May.
All passed, with five students achieving top marks.
The city council’s executive member for education, Councillor Keith
Turner, said:- “It’s vital we tackle inequality in education
and give all our young people every chance to succeed. The evidence
shows that pupils who do not speak English as their first language
benefit greatly from achieving high levels of skill in their mother
tongue. It helps boost their learning of English and attainment in
the wider curriculum. More than 6,000 schoolchildren in Liverpool
fall into this category and the Community Languages Project is a
fantastic way of connecting with them. It promotes self-esteem and
aspirations among many ethnic minority children as well as breaking
down learning barriers and addressing under-attainment. I would like
to congratulate the young people who have worked so hard to achieve
such excellent grades in their examinations. They are a real credit
to the city and it’s fantastic that we are recognising their success
– and the success of the Community Languages Project - through this
very special event.”
Success stories in 2009 include a Year 9 student who sat both GCSE
and A-Level Arabic through the project in one academic year -
achieving an A* for GCSE and an A grade for her A-Level - only three
marks away from 100 per cent.
The Community Languages Project, which is delivered after school at
community venues, is having a real impact and narrowing the
attainment gap for a growing number of vulnerable Black and Racial
Feedback from schools has been good, highlighting a positive impact
on students who were in danger of becoming disengaged and a marked
improvement in their self confidence and application.
Two previous Liverpool students have also been placed in the top ten
nationally - one in 2007 for GCSE Arabic and one in 2008 for A
-Level Arabic. And a number of students who completed A-Level Arabic
through the project have used their qualifications to make
successful university applications.
The Community Languages Project also introduced a Bengali GCSE group
this year and works with schools to help them develop their own
language provision, including booster sessions for individuals and
small groups of students sitting Urdu, Chinese, Farsi, Punjabi and
Barbara Higgins, EMTAS manager, said:- “We are immensely proud
of these students who have been so committed to their studies. They
are fantastic role models for future students.”