Solihull Together for better lives Award Winners Announced

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It was celebrations all round yesterday as organisers announced the winners of the second Solihull Together for better lives awards at an inspiring ceremony in the Renewal Conference Centre.

The awards were created in 2015 to recognise and celebrate outstanding work by individuals and organisations in Solihull to support vulnerable and frail people in the borough. 

Jacqueline Aldred, Chair of the Awards judging panel, commented: “It’s wonderful to see how the awards have grown since last year, with double the number of nominations this time.  That certainly made the job of choosing the finalists and winners more challenging for the judging panel.”

Dr Patrick Brooke, Accountable Officer for Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group, representing the award organisers, said, “We hope that this year’s Solihull Together for better lives awards will continue to help raise awareness of the outstanding work which is going on across the public, private and voluntary sectors to support Solihull residents.  Our aim for these awards is to showcase how we are working together to improve care and support in the borough.”

Dr Brooke continued: “It has been a real privilege to meet so many of the finalists and winners and hear their stories.  What they are doing, whether in a professional or voluntary capacity, to improve the quality of people’s lives, is amazing and inspiring.  We have a lot to be proud of in Solihull.”

The full list of categories and winners is:

Care Professional of the Year (Joint Winners)

  • Joanne Mackinnon, Welcome Charity
  • Andy Warmington, Inclusive Sports Academy Community Interest Company

Health Professional of the Year

  • Dr Reema Swarna, Associate Specialist Doctor, Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust

Care Team of the Year (Joint Winners)

  • Aviary House, Home Group
  • CREST (Community Rehabilitation Enablement & Support Team)

Primary Care Service of the Year

  • ‘Next Steps – Living Well with Dementia’, run by the Memory Assessment Service, Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust

Award for Dementia-friendly Service

  • Enhanced Care Team, Solihull Hospital

Award for Collaborative Working

  • Collaborative Working for Solihull Rehabilitation Pathways

Award for Outstanding Project Delivered in the Community

  • Gro-Organic Community Interest Company

Beyond the Call of Duty Award (Joint Winners)

  • Becky McGann, Solihull Community Housing’s Wellbeing Service
  • Emma Francis, Home Group

Award for Outstanding Customer Experience

  • Solihull Connect 

Award for Outstanding Neighbour

  • Steve and Tina Hands

Chairman’s Award

  • Care of the Elderly Team, Solihull Hospital

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