Making Space shortlisted for 6 regional awards!

October 2019 · 10 min read

We are finalists for 6 different Great British Care Awards in the Northwest Region!

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Facilities assistant, Neil O’Toole, has been shortlisted for The Ancillary Worker award. Neil is a former civil engineering and construction business owner started working for us in 2011 and hasn’t looked back.

He said: “I get a lot of pleasure from doing very simple things, because I can see the difference it makes to people’s lives. Working on big outdoor jobs, on bridges and in sewers, with my previous company was anonymous.

“Here, I’m being welcomed into people’s homes and personal spaces, and I see how happy what I’m doing makes them. People are so genuine when they thank me – something as simple as hanging a picture brings a joy and appreciation that’s wonderful to experience. And it’s every day.”

"Neil has a gentle humour, an empathetic manner and time for everyone. He’s friendly and approachable and people really enjoy seeing him around and chatting to him.
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Hayley Rowson de Vares and Cheryl Nolan, Sherdley Court, and Val Mackay, a tenant support worker at St Helens Supported Housing, are also in the running for awards.

Hayley has been nominated for registered care manager of the year while colleague Cheryl, is a finalist for the care home activity coordinator award. Meanwhile, Val is up for the housing with care award.

Val has also been recognised for the volunteering she contributes outside of work, supporting people who are homeless and experiencing drug, alcohol or mental health issues and working with survivors of human trafficking through her work with The Salvation Army.

Kim Smith, regional head of operations at Making Space, added: “The management and support workers at both Sherdley Court and St Helens Supported Housing provide a world class example of what care should look like.

“We as an organisation are rightly proud of them and Hayley, Cheryl and Val more than deserve this recognition.”
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Limes Place, supported housing scheme in Colne, have been shortlisted for The Housing with Care award, which recognises where people have been helped to remain independent in their own homes and to access the wider community.

Limes Place opened in December 2019 and provide 100% person centered care to tenants.

"“The team knows each tenant personally and spend time with them as equals who are providing support, not as people who are imposing a routine or checking up on them."

The Limes Place team know each tenant, including their likes and dislikes, personally and spend time with them as equals who are providing support, not as people who are imposing a routine or checking up on them. They support tenants to live independently, happily and safely and they all have the view that they are privileged to enter people’s homes and support them to achieve their goals.

Proving opportunities to integrate with the local community and promoting independence are the spirit of how this service operates.

Making Space are also in the running for The Care Employer Award within the Northwest Region.

This award seeks to acknowledge and celebrate employers’ commitment to care and how this is achieving success in delivering an excellent service.

Whether working with people within their community, in or outside their home or in supported housing or residential settings, we are constantly working towards and are focussed on a positive outcome for each individual. Staff take pride in being innovative, approachable and strive for continuous improvement. We aim to work in true and equal partnership with the people we support, across all levels of the organisation.

Our commitment to our strategic plan is collective and the entire organisation is responsible for its delivery and achievement, we hope our commitment and strive for excellence is regognised!

We will find out if we have won at a gala awards evening at the Midland Hotel, Manchester, on Saturday October 26th.

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