Oldham dementia team win Great British Care Award

A team of five people at the Oldham Dementia Service have been recognised for their hard work after swooping up The Care Team Award for the Manchester region.

The win celebrates their vision, goals and commitment to the dignity and privacy of the people that they support.

Provided by the adult health and social care charity Making Space, the service gives practical and emotional support to carers and people living with memory problems through one to one support and group meetings.

The distribution of electronic tablets has helped the team and the people they care for stay well connected, frequently logging on for virtual sessions.

Judges’ comments at the awards ceremony, held at The Kimpton Hotel in Manchester, included “The frontline team were very humbling. They are all very compassionate and supportive of each other as a team and go above and beyond for their service users.”

Susan O’Sullivan, Team leader, said: “Winning the award is an honour for the Dementia Service and recognition for the innovated changes to the service during the pandemic that enabled the people we support to access activities, information and someone to be in contact with.”

Sharon Fairhurst, regional head of operations, said: “The Oldham Dementia Service team are constantly working towards and are focusing on a positive outcome for each individual that uses the service.

“Their work goes way above and beyond their duties in supporting and caring for the people who use our service. Their personalities have shined through whilst running groups for people with dementia and their carers over the last 18 months.

“Winning this award solidifies their commitment to caring for the people they support, particularly following a difficult year where the pandemic has meant that they have needed to find alternative support approaches.”

The team will find out whether they have won the UK-wide award at a gala evening taking place in Birmingham in September.

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