Care and Support West is launching their renowned 2021 Care Awards early, in reaction to the hard work, passion and dedication of everyone involved in the local Care Industry throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. A new category has been added to the 2021 awards, named ‘The Rainbow Heart’, which will shine a light on the heartfelt and challenging work many care professionals have undertaken during this time.
As well as care professionals, loved ones of service users can also nominate care workers and organisations which they feel have made a true difference to their lives in difficult circumstances. Nominations can be received on the Care and Support West website or via social media for ease of entry, the awards will launch on November 18th.
Working across Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire and Bath & North East Somerset, Care and Support West is a leading representative body for companies, charities, organisations and individuals involved in the social care, support, and health sectors. The Care Awards is an annual event which in usual times would take place in October each year at Ashton Gate Stadium in Bristol, due to the COVID-19 pandemic the 2020 gala evening had to be cancelled.
Commenting on the launch of the event, David Smallacombe CEO of Care and Support West said: “2021 will be a very special year and a brilliant chance to celebrate with, and thank all our social care workers for the amazing work they have done – and continue to do – in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Launching these awards early means we are able to capture the inspirational stories which I know exist in our region. Now is the time to celebrate the people who have supported some of our most vulnerable residents to live healthier lives in extraordinary circumstances, the comfort and support they have provided to families and loved ones is also immeasurable.
“We hope this next awards event will attract people far and wide from the regions we represent to participate positively, now is the time – more than ever – to support each other and those most vulnerable in society. We’re planning to go ahead with the event next year – but even if we can’t fulfil this pledge, we hope our region can come together and support these very special care staff.”
Whilst most of Care and Support West’s important events have gone ahead in recent times using video conferencing tools, it is hoped the Care Awards will go ahead to a live audience in October 2021.