Carmalita named care apprentice of the year!
A Making Space support worker has been named care apprentice of the year.
Carmalita Hardman has worked at Greengate House, a residential care home in St Helens, Merseyside for two years.
Carmalita was awarded the accolade by Cheshire College South and West, where Carmalita is studying for an NVQ level 2 in care.
Prior to becoming a support worker, Carmalita, 58, worked for over 30 years as a professional chef.
She said: "A few years ago, my mum was ill and I left work to become her carer. I didn't want to return to my old line of work after that and a friend suggested I give care work a try.
"I loved it right from the start and really feel I make a difference. My favourite part is encouraging the people I care for to get out and about and enjoy themselves."
Caroline Anders is the accommodation manager at Greengate House. She said: "Lita will always go that extra mile to provide the correct support to residents and nothing is ever too much trouble.
"Lita is very thorough within the workplace and always puts residents' choices and preferences first. Lita is a valued staff member at Greengate House and we are all very proud of her."
Carmalita was presented her award at a gala dinner at the college's Ellesmere Port campus in Cheshire. This is the twelfth year the college has hosted the annual awards and it is currently supporting over 1,600 apprentices.
Carmalita has featured in The St Helens Reporter, click here to read.
Carmalita will always go that extra mile to provide the correct support to residents and nothing is ever too much trouble.
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