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Success for Gateshead in National Care Awards

Posted on Wednesday 5 April 2017

Gateshead Council has scooped a prestigious prize in the Great Britain Care Awards – bringing the total of national social care awards it has won in the last three years to seven .

The awards are held annually to celebrate excellence across the social care sector and to recognise and celebrate the contribution of outstanding teams and individuals in the social care workforce. The awards also bring together the statutory, independent and voluntary sectors.

At the awards ceremony in Birmingham, the Guidepost drop-in team won the Putting People First Personalisation Award, after also winning the North East Regional prize last December.

Guidepost has three drop in facilities in Blaydon, Rowlands Gill and the Teams, Gateshead, enabling people with learning disabilities to be supported in their own communities and given the information and advice they need to help them be independent in the community. 

The three groups are well attended with over 80 people currently using the service.

Judges in Birmingham commented that Guidepost is “An innovative team, creative with resources, working collaboratively at the heart of the community to improve and empower the lives of the people they support”.

And back in December, the North East Regional Awards judges called Guidepost’s staff: “A very passionate team working for people with learning disabilities – with service users developing and gaining new skills”.

Said Councillor Michael McNestry, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care at Gateshead Council: “We are delighted at having such a worthy winner in these prestigious awards.

“We are proud of our committed and caring teams and individual staff members in Gateshead and it is gratifying that some of them have also received recognition by their peers within the social care sector.”

He added: “This brings to 27 the number of awards - seven national and 20 regional – that Gateshead Council’s Adult Social Care provider has won since February 2014.”