Blackpool care worker shortlisted for prestigious award

November 2023 · min read

A care worker from Blackpool is celebrating after being named as a finalist in the North West Great British Care Awards.

Julie Rose Neale has been shortlisted in the Ancillary Worker category. She’ll find out if she’s won the trophy at an awards ceremony to be held at Manchester Kimpton Clocktower on 11 November.

“I was thrilled to discover I had been nominated and shortlisted for a North West Great British Care Award,” Julie said.

“I am passionate about my role within the Making Space team, and always strive to have the interests of those I support at heart. I am blessed to be part of the amazing team here in Blackpool.”

Julie was nominated for the award by her manager Jacqueline Berry, who said: “Julie is a caretaker in our Blackpool supported living service and immediately set about making improvements as soon as she started working with us.

“The changes she’s made – such as revitalising the outdoor areas with paint, seating and lights - have helped to reduce isolation, and she’s always available to make sure the tenants feel supported and safe.

“At Christmas last year she cooked a full dinner for all the tenants who were at home, and laid on a hot and cold buffet for New Year’s Eve – all in her own time.”


Jenny MacLeod, Regional Head of Operations said “We’re delighted that Julie has been shortlisted for the Ancillary Worker category. Ancillary workers – the caretakers, cooks, gardeners and everyone else behind the scenes – can sometimes be overlooked when we’re celebrating successes in the care sector, but their contribution is vital.

“Julie is a wonderful example of someone who embraces their role and works hard to make sure that those who use our services are supported in every way possible.

“We’re delighted to have such a dedicated individual in the Making Space team and will be rooting for her at the final.”

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