IF there was ever a time to reward community spirit in the social care sector, it would be now and that is exactly what is happening at Belong care village on Loushers Lane, Warrington.
In a double celebration for Warrington, the Belong at Home team and local resident Diane Wrench have picked up accolades at the not-for-profit organisation’s annual Champion Awards, winning Team of the Year and Volunteer of the Year awards.
Belong villages across the North West were brought together in an online ceremony designed to showcase the achievements and dedication across the organisation, as colleagues, customers and relatives cheered them on via live stream.
Providing a range of home care services across the Warrington and Altrincham areas, the local Belong at Home were praised by judges for their passion for care, desire to meet individual needs, and awareness of their role in customers’ journey.
In another Warrington success, Diane Wrench, resident of the village’s independent living apartments, received the Volunteer Award. The judging panel hailed Diane as ‘a very inspirational lady’, for her support in the village’s activity provision and her efforts to involve everyone in village life.
The winners were determined by an external independent judging panel, who conducted a series of interviews as part of the rigorous assessment process. Speaking of the achievements, general manager for Belong Warrington, Claire Bibby, said: “We’re very proud of Diane and of our Belong at Home team. Engaging with the local area is a key part of Belong’s ethos and we’re delighted to have been able to celebrate everyone’s hard work and dedication with all of our colleagues and the communities we serve.”
Belong’s people and development manager, Tim Kirk, added: “It’s been a very challenging year and the outbreak of the pandemic part way through our awards process disrupted our plans to bring everyone together, as it has so many other things. We felt strongly that it was still important to celebrate the commitment and successes of our village teams over the last 12 months, albeit under slightly different circumstances, and we are thrilled that so many of our customers and their relatives could join us for the online event.”
The Champion Awards 2020 was made possible thanks to the support of Collective Purchasing, Marr Procurement, Person Centred Software, Search Consultancy, Pozzoni Architecture, Triangle PR and the Seddon Group.