Our IT Technician wins The Ancillary Worker Award

August 2021 · min read

Andrew Haworth works as an IT technician for Making Space and works across all the our services.

He won The Ancillary Worker Award in the North West region of the Great British Care Awards, an award that recognises an individual providing person-centered services to people with dignity and respect.

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While normally an exceptional employee, during the coronavirus pandemic Andrew stepped up beyond the normal call of duty by working up to 18 hour days to deliver essential food parcels and PPE to those in need.

He said “I drove around 700 miles a day on average in order to get supplies to those who need it, including hospitals and care homes.

“Jumping in the car and driving down to Coventry and getting back at 1am, then getting up at 6am the next morning to go to Darlington was something that needed to be done, so I got it done.”

He did all of this despite being identified as a high-risk individual for Covid-19 due to his Type 1 diabetes, putting the health of his co-workers and our service users above his own.

“I feel shocked that I won and am honoured to win something for just doing what needed to be done in this time of need. It was great to have such community spirit within the team.”

Andrew was also in the running for the title of ‘Social Care COVID Hero’ at the awards ceremony, which was held at the The Kimpton Hotel in Manchester.

Talking about his win, the judges' comments at the awards ceremony included “Andrew goes over and above for his service users including doing tutorials in using the technology to keep loved ones in touch and up to date with their relatives.”

Chris Mizzi, Head of IT, said “Andrew has a gentle humour, an empathetic manner and time for everyone. Every job he does is completed to perfection.

“We are so proud of his award win and in him being recognised for the huge amount of professional pride he takes in his work.

"His interest in technology is surpassed only by his love of cars and racing, which is quite fortunate, considering the number of hours, he logs crisscrossing the country to support his colleagues”.

Andrew will find out if he has won the UK-wide award at a gala evening taking place at the ICC in Birmingham in September.

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