The Hales Heroes awards from Hales Homecare are continuing, and the winner for February has been announced as Angelika Zywot, a care worker from their Stevenage branch.

The Hales Heroes award programme was introduced in 2017 as a way to incentivise existing staff to continue their hard work, while recognising and rewarding those willing to go above and beyond their call of duty, providing outstanding care to vulnerable people across the UK.

Those who meet the criteria, which focuses on reliability, quality and professional competence, are entered into a monthly draw with the opportunity of winning £1,000 and being hailed as a Hales Hero. Since it was introduced, nearly 2500 care workers have qualified for the draws, there have been 14 Hales Heroes winners of the £1000 prize and 32 Gold Award winners, who’ve demonstrated continual excellence over a 6-month period.

With over 850,000 people currently receiving support in their own home and with these numbers increasing, care staff are under growing pressure, which is why it is so important to recognise those who are committed to the service, whilst also encouraging new recruits into the industry. This is the reason Hales Homecare introduced their awards in the first place.

This month’s winner, Angelika Zywot, a care worker from their Stevenage branch commented, “When looking for a job a saw an advert about care work and I thought that I could be the right person to do it as I am very patient, and I like to help others. What I enjoy the most is being able to bring smile onto a client’s face and hearing from them all the good words about me and that they enjoy my company and admire my work.”

Rix Sidhu, Hales Care Stevenage Branch Manager said, “It is a great achievement for the Hales Hertfordshire branch to receive our second win within eight months with Hales Heroes. Angelika is a great employee and very committed to providing complex care needs for a deaf and blind service user we provide support to. The Hales Heroes gives care workers a chance to win a great cash prize by just being a compliant and committed member of staff. It is a great way for employee engagement and shows appreciation from Hales for all the hard work carers do daily along with all the other employee benefits available on the portal.”

Hales Homecare believe it is only by supporting their workforce, rewarding them for the work that they do and recognising the challenges they face that the industry can start to raise the profile of care workers and demonstrate to those considering the profession, the value of care givers in their communities.