Two social workers from Solihull have been selected as finalists in the Social Worker of the Year Awards 2018 as a result of their outstanding work with vulnerable adults.
Louise Redsull and Lara Box, who work within Solihull Council’s All Age Disability and Mental Health teams, have been nominated for Adult Social Worker and Mental Health Social Worker of the Year prizes and will find out if they have won at an exclusive awards ceremony which will take place in London in November.
Louise and Lara are two of 93 finalists across 16 categories and the winners from each category will compete against each other to be named the “Overall Social Worker of the Year 2018.”
The prestigious awards ceremony is the leading celebration of its kind in the social care sector, and recognises the achievements and successes of the profession’s most innovative and dedicated social workers.
Councillor Karen Grinsell, Solihull’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care & Health, said: “I’m absolutely thrilled that Louise and Lara have been shortlisted for this prestigious accolade. Just getting to this stage is a fantastic achievement and one they should both be immensely proud of.
“The care sector is a tough industry to work in so it’s great that these awards recognise the dedication and commitment of individuals who work hard to keep our local residents safe and well.
“I wish Louise and Lara the best of luck for the awards ceremony in November.”
Nicole Miners, Sales Director for award sponsor Servelec Social Care, said: “This award recognises the outstanding work of an adult social worker - somebody who constantly strives to do what matters to the people they support and make a positive difference to their lives. Everyone who has made the final should be exceptionally proud.”
The awards were judged by leading influencers in the social work sector including Chief Social Workers Isabelle Trowler and Lyn Romeo, Children’s Commissioner for England Anne Longfield OBE and Maris Stratulis (England Manager, British Association of Social Workers). People who have received support from social workers were also represented on the judging panel.
The Social Worker of the Year Awards are supported by Headline Sponsor Sanctuary Social Care; Corporate Partner the British Association of Social Workers (BASW), Media Partner The Guardian, and individual category supporters, Barnardo’s, UNISON, Servelec HSC, Children’s Social Work Matters and the London Borough of Lambeth. The awards are also supported by the local authorities of North Lincolnshire, Bradford, Devon, Kent, Sunderland, Hampshire and Essex (in partnership with Capita) as well as the Tees Valley Local Authority Child and Adult Services – a partnership between the local authorities of Middlesbrough, Hartlepool, Darlington, Redcar & Cleveland and Stockton-on-Tees.
For more information about the Social Worker of the Year Awards please see www.socialworkawards.com.