Regional Care Awards Celebrate Local Heroes

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(Last Updated On: June 21, 2018)

Regional Care Awards Celebrate Local Heroes

The awards ceremony for the Outstanding Care Awards for Devon and Cornwall has celebrated local heroes in the caring sector with Healthwatch Torbay gaining the silver award for ‘outstanding community support.’

Rowcroft  Hospice and Ocean Healthcare were amongst employees, volunteers and care organisations from across the region celebrated at the awards at a sold out event at the Livermead Hotel in Torquay.

Devon County Council, Torbay Council and Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust are amongst organisations backing the initiative.

Bronze, Silver and Gold winners were selected across 20 categories, including awards for individuals, teams and organisations.

Other winners included Devon Freewheelers Blood Bikes, winners of The Emergency Services Award, Steve Dixon from Devon Safeguarding Adults Board, who won Gold for Commitment to Training and Development, and Andy Cowling from The Old Rectory Exeter, named Care Home Activity Organiser of the Year.

Hundreds of nominations were received for the new awards, which were launched in February, including many for individuals who had gone above and beyond in making sure vulnerable people received care during the ‘Beast from the East’ snowstorm in March.

Kat Green, co-founder of the Outstanding Care Awards, said: “It was a fantastic evening full of emotion. People who care are a special breed – compassionate and resilient. It was wonderful that they could be in the spotlight and receive the recognition they deserve. People and organisations from across the South West have come together to celebrate the best of the region’s care sector. As this is the first year of the awards, we were delighted with the response and the incredible nominations put forward. We are excited to look ahead to next year and where the Care Awards will go next.”

Link to full list of winners on the website:

Bob Jope  Healthwatch Torbay

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Apart from five years studying in Oxford I’ve lived most of my life in London where for many years I was Head of English in a prestigious girls’ school, but since taking early retirement and heading West to be nearer to my two daughters - settling in Torbay with my wife, Anna, in 2011 - I’ve worked in the voluntary sector. I took on the role of Service Provider, for example, promoting the Red Cross Torbay Navigators Project, while now I’m a Trustee and part of the Media Team for our local Healthwatch. I’m a governor at Torquay Academy, too, giving me the chance to stay up to date with what’s happening in the world of education. Other interests, aside from friends and family, include art and art history, reading - from contemporary fiction and poetry to Elizabethan/Jacobean literature - history, politics, cooking, walking, and music, in particular Bob Dylan, the blues, and early Elvis. I love writing, too, with one novel published so far – Elvis in Wonderland – and another, Who’s There?, that still needs plenty of work!