An Oldham Council care and support provider has recognised an outstanding employee for taking it upon himself to help local disadvantaged people into work. Published: Wednesday, 12th April 2017

An Oldham Council care and support provider has recognised an outstanding employee for taking it upon himself to help local disadvantaged people into work.

Created as a high quality provider by Oldham Council, The MioCare Group gives care and support to people so they can get the most out of life by promoting independence, choice and wellbeing.

MioCare held its annual staff awards on 23 March, recognising the achievements of its employees throughout the last year.

Finance Manager Paul Wilkinson was given the Jim Marshall Making a Difference Award.

Paul had seen the difficulties faced by some individuals in trying to find work and developed the We Do Care scheme to address this problem.

His work has now resulted in three vulnerable people securing employment at MioCare.

Cllr Zahid Chauhan, Chair of the MioCare Group board, said: “Paul is a very hardworking and dedicated individual and through his efforts the scheme has been very successful, having a direct positive effect on the lives of those involved.”

Cllr Jenny Harrison, Cabinet Member for Social Care and Safeguarding, said: “Paul took it upon himself to support others who needed his help. He went above and beyond his professional duties to do what he knew was right.

“This is an excellent example of how working cooperatively makes us better as a borough. The council’s work with MioCare is an invaluable asset to Oldham and long may it continue.”

Bernie Lewis - Assessment and Reviewing Officer within the Reablement Team – won the Role Model Award.

Bernie was nominated by several colleagues for being an excellent role model, offering support, guidance and advice to colleagues and service users alike.

Megan Walsh – Care Assistant at Charles Morris House (Extra Care Housing) - won the Rising Star award.

Megan has made a real impact in just six months and provides activities such as pamper sessions for service users with dementia, taking a lead in this area within the service. 

Joanne Cumberbirch – Home Care Worker - was given the Unsung Hero Award.

Joanne showed true dedication in working with one service user in particular who was at risk of losing his tenancy, showing incredible patience and tenacity, building trust and supporting him to change his life and enhance his wellbeing.

Debbie Messam – Resource Manager, Supported Living – won the Leadership Award.

Debbie is dedicated and hardworking and played a key role in supporting the Autism accreditation process. She provides great support to her teams in challenging circumstances.

The Outstanding Team Contribution Award went to the Victoria Street Team.

In particular, the team helped an individual with health issues and challenging behaviour by introducing new strategies and changes to help him sustain a home life whilst balancing the needs of other service users and keeping them safe.

Jenny Whittaker – Community Support Worker, Supported Living – won the Chairman’s Award.

Cllr Chauhan said: “Jenny takes the lead on important issues within the service, liaising with colleagues and other professionals in the best interests of the service users and she always works to a very high standard.

“Jenny has natural leadership abilities and is able to motivate and inspire others, turning negatives to positives and getting the best outcome from all involved.”

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