Bexley’s best carers recognised at special awards ceremony

Pictured left to right: Megan Howell, Jackie Taylor, Lydia Osei-Tutu, Jennifer Spencer and the Mayor of Bexley, Councillor Brian Bishop.

The borough’s finest care workers, volunteers and care-related organisations were recognised at the Council’s Caring at its Best Awards on Friday (19 October).

The dedicated carers scooped up awards at the special event at the Civic Offices in Bexleyheath, where they were also able to enjoy lunch, accompanied by music from one of Townley Grammar School's Year 11 students, Jeannie.

Bexley’s Cabinet Member for Adults Services Councillor Brad Smith, presented all nominees with a certificate and a pin badge. Winners of each category were awarded a special glass trophy by the Mayor of Bexley, Councillor Brian Bishop. 

Speaking at the event, Cllr Smith said: “These awards celebrate and recognise the excellent support and care and the many good news stories in the field of social care that don’t get as much publicity and praise as they deserve.

“We would like to thank all those who took the time to complete a nomination in respect of an individual or an organisation and this year’s nominees and winners, who truly #DoitforBexley by delivering caring at its best.”

The public sent in 87 nominations for 31 people and 22 organisations based in Bexley after nominations opened in July. Across all the nominations, 30 care and support organisations were mentioned or represented. 

The awards judging panel whittled down the entries to one clear winner for each of the eight categories:

Team or Individual, Home Care - Megan Howell, Jackie Taylor, Lydia Osei-Tutu and Jennifer Spencer (pictured with the Mayor of Bexley, Councillor Brian Bishop)
Team or Individual, Community Care - Lynda Munns
Team or Individual, Learning Disability Services - Lydia Daku-Mante
Volunteer - Viny Poon
Home Care Organisation - Nomase Care Ltd
Community Care Organisation - Evergreen Care Bexley
Residential Care Organisation - Groveland Park Care Home
Learning Disability Services Organisation - Bexley Mencap