The Great South East Care Awards 2013, Awards Ceremony – Friday 29th November

We had a great evening last week at the Awards Ceremony for the Great British Care Awards, South East region. The event took place at the Brighton Hilton Hotel and was hosted by the very funny and talented comedian, writer and actress Helen Lederer, who certainly brought some laughter to the evening. Although we had no winners this time it’s an amazing achievement to have four finalists from such a small home as ours, and something we should be very proud of. I certainly couldn’t be more proud of the great team that I have at Valerie Manor.

Check back soon when we’ll have more pictures from the evening!

Pictured above: Helen Lederer (centre) with the four finalists, additional members of the team and Zoe’s family.

The Great South East Care Awards 2013 – Finalists!

Valerie Manor is thrilled to announce that we have four finalists this year in the Great British Care Awards, South East region. The finalists are;

Zoe Bates – The Care Employer Award
Emma Wood – The Frontline Leaders Award
Sarah Mack – The Care Home Worker Award
Alan Fry – The Ancillary Worker Award

Judging day for the finalists is on the 4th November and the Awards Ceremony will be held at the Brighton Hilton Hotel on Friday 29th November. We wish all our finalists all the very best of luck!

The Great British Care Awards are a series of regional events throughout England and are a celebration of excellence across the care sector. The purpose of the awards are to pay tribute to those individuals who have demonstrated outstanding excellence within their field of work. You can find out more about the categories and the awards in general on the Great British Care Awards website.

The Pride of Valerie Manor

I cannot even begin to express how proud I was yesterday of our Valerie Manor finalists at the West Sussex Care Accolades 2013. You may remember that four of our staff were shortlisted for awards – an achievement in itself as this year saw a record number of nominations across the region making it even more difficult for the judges to choose. It is with great pride that I can announce that three of our staff were Winners in their categories and one was a Runner Up! – an amazing achievement and meaning that Valerie Manor featured highly in four out of the eight categories. Huge congratulations to all our finalists for receiving these awards for their constant hard work and dedication.

It was a lovely day at the Awards Ceremony held at the Arundel Wetland Centre. Guest speakers were Amanda Rogers, Director of Adult Services at West Sussex County Council, and Karen Stevens from Skills for Care. There were lots of happy tears at the event as the presenters spoke very highly of care staff and the job that they do. The Accolades honour extraordinary individuals and organisations that provide social care services to the residents of West Sussex. The various awards which constitute the Accolades recognise those whose work has been particularly noteworthy, and who exemplify the long-term commitment that characterises many social care providers.

Two of our residents from Valerie Manor joined us for the trip to Arundel and Awards Ceremony and it was a delight to have them with us. One resident who attended spoke unprompted at the end of the ceremony and said that it was ‘a privilege to live at Valerie Manor’. This brought tears to my eyes yet again!

Below are our four fantastic finalists with details of their nominations showing how worthy they all are of their awards. You can also view some pictures of the event in our online gallery.

Emma Wood

Individual Student Achievement Award
Runner Up

View Emma’s nomination


Gemma Fielder

The Young Carer Award

View Gemma’s nomination


Sarah Mack

End of Life Care Award

View Sarah’s nomination


Andrew Brown

The Chair’s Award for Endeavour

View Andrew’s nomination


WSF-TB Awards: 4 shortlisted candidates from Valerie Manor!

We are very proud to announce that four Valerie Manor carers have been shortlisted for the West Sussex Forum Training Board Accolades. Our shortlisted carers are:

• Emma Wood – Individual Student Achievement
• Gemma Fielder – Young Care Worker Award
• Sarah Mack – End of Life Care Award
• Andrew Brown – Chair’s Award for Endeavour

The Awards Ceremony will be held at the Arundel Wetlands Centre on Wednesday 3rd July and we will all be rooting for our very deserving candidates. Good luck to them all!

From left above: Emma, Gemma, Sarah and Andrew.