Jenny Seagrove presented the county’s care ‘Oscars’ on Friday 18 November, Epsom Downs Racecourse

Outstanding care staff and care teams from across the county were honoured at the Surrey Care Awards on Friday 18 November in a gala ceremony held at Epsom Downs Racecourse.

Over 400 care employers and staff celebrated this year’s awards which were presented by TV and film actress Jenny Seagrove. The Master of Ceremonies for the evening was BBC Surrey presenter Sylvie Blackmore and guest of honour was the Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey Mr Michael More-Molyneux.

The Surrey Care Awards are the county’s ‘Oscars’ for care staff. The Awards recognise the hard work and dedication of people working in a wide variety of jobs in adult social care including dementia care, caring for people in their own homes and caring for adults with disabilities. The 65 finalists for the Surrey Care Awards 2016 were nominated by their colleagues, with glowing and often moving testimonials from the people they support and their families.

This year there were 18 awards categories including Unsung Hero, Beyond the Call of Duty, Care Newcomer, Excellence in Dementia Care and Outstanding Contribution to Social Care. In addition, the judges also gave a special award in the Excellence in Dementia Care category and the Chairman’s Award recognised a provider who was overcoming the challenges of recruiting staff in the county.

The Awards are organised by Surrey Care Association which represents the interests of over 700 independent providers of care and support services in the county.

Erica Lockhart, Chief Executive of Surrey Care Association said,

“This is our eighth annual Surrey Care Awards ceremony celebrating the really excellent care that goes on in Surrey day in day out. Social care staff are so often unsung heroes and we want to change that by recognising their achievements. Care providers are facing a real challenge with staff recruitment in Surrey, so our Awards also highlight the wide range of rewarding employment and career development opportunities that exist within our local care sector.”

The Surrey Care Awards 2016 were supported by Platinum level sponsors Welmede Housing Association; Gold level sponsors Ashcroft Care Services, and Silver level sponsors The Meath Epilepsy Charity, Connect2Care and Hit Training.