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A chance for Norfolk's social care sector to shine!

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Norfolk's social care sector was celebrated like never before at the live, virtual Norfolk Care Awards 2021 event earlier this month.

A live virtual celebration of frontline social care workers and services took place on September 16 to recognise the innovation, collaboration and outstanding leadership that was needed to meet the tough challenges brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Norfolk Care Awards 2021 virtual event was hosted by Darren Eadie, former Norwich City footballer and mental health campaigner, and Claire Gilbert, director of Norfolk Care Awards. Darren said: “It’s been an absolute pleasure to host the Norfolk Care Awards 2021 and I am humbled by so many great success stories and inspirational people.”

Ex Norwich City footballer and mental health campaigner Darren Eadie and Norfolk Care Awards director Claire Gilbert hosted the virtual celebration of the social care sector - Credit: Claire Gilbert

Eammon Holmes sent an incredible message supporting the social care workforce, and thanks were given by local news broadcasters, ex Norwich City football players and Jan Burns, chair of the National Dignity Council, who said: ‘Norfolk Care Awards give social care a chance to shine.”

Tracy Wharvell, who co-directs the Norfolk Care Awards with Claire, said: “This was an opportunity to acknowledge and thank social care for putting others before themselves, caring for our loved ones , keeping them safe, ensuring we were connected when it was impossible to meet face to face, and being there in the hardest of times.”

Claire added: “It was important to hear contributions and share good practice by showing Collaborative Care, Care Leadership and Innovative use of Digital. We also wanted to give the communities across Norfolk insight into what social care provides, and enable them to show their appreciation by voting for their Local Care Heroes. We broadcasted live from several care services, seeing residents partying as the Local Care Heroes were announced.”

In recognition of the outstanding contribution of the social care sector, James Bullion, executive director of Adult Social Services at Norfolk County Council, announced the Harold Bodmer Outstanding Achievement Award was given this year to the whole of Norfolk’s social care workforce.

The organisers would like to thank the Norfolk Care Association and Norfolk County Council for working collaboratively to ensure the event was successful. In addition, several local businesses demonstrated their support for social care by sponsoring award categories; these were Birket LLP, Gordon Barber Funeral Homes, Foodcare Direct, and the University of East Anglia.........

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