Hard work of Adult Social Care staff recognised with awards

L-R Councillor Adam Ogilvie, Leeds City Council's executive member for Adult Social Care, award winner Britta Ofori Kuragu, James Knight and Dennis Holmes, Leeds City Council's Deputy Director for Adult Social Care.

A brave social care worker who rushed to the aid of a colleague struck down by a brain haemorrhage has been honoured with a top award.

Britta Ofori Kuragu was one of a string of unsung heroes helping some of Leeds’ most vulnerable residents who were recognised at Tuesday’s Adult Social Care Excellence Awards 2013.

She was given the Colleague of the Year award at the packed ceremony held at Leeds Civic Hall.

Those in attendance heard how Britta, a support leader with the council’s learning disability service, was out helping with a customer’s weekly shop alongside her well-respected co-worker Mandy Knight when tragedy struck last November.

Britta contacted the emergency services and kept Mandy comfortable until an ambulance arrived.

Sadly, Mandy died a short time later, just days before her 42nd birthday.

But thanks to Britta’s actions, her family were able to say goodbye.

Britta’s award was presented by Councillor Adam Ogilvie, Leeds City Council’s executive member for Adult Social Care along with Mandy’s son James.

The awards were given out in 12 categories and were hosted by Dennis Holmes, Leeds City Council’s deputy director of Adult Social Care.

Mr Holmes told the crowd of award-nominees: “This year our Better Lives for People in Leeds theme has really gathered pace, with our message getting out there that, in the face of incredible financial difficulties, we are proving that, through doing things differently, being smarter and innovating, we can, and are making lives better for the people we support.”

Among Tuesday’s award-winners was the Social Care Emergency Duty Team, who scooped the Working as a Team for Leeds award.

The small team deals with unpredictable, out-of-hours emergency referrals for children’s, adults and mental health services.

Social worker Joy Bvute accepted the Treating People Fairly award for tackling discrimination and celebrating diversity.

Cllr Ogilvie also presented two other awards for Personal Achievement and Leader of the Year.

The Personal Achievement award went to Caroline Hezelgrave.

Caroline has learning disabilities and works as a kitchen assistant at Potternewton Fulfilling Lives. She also volunteers to provide cover for the caretaker and champions the office’s recycling efforts.

Leader of the Year went to Amanda Wardman who was praised by Cllr Ogilvie for her commitment to the SkILs team which provides intensive short-term care packages for those newly released from hospital.

Speaking after the awards, Cllr Ogilvie said: “It was a privilege not only to present some of these awards, but also to hear some of the inspiring stories behind those working so hard to make the lives of Leeds’ vulnerable residents safer and better.

“Much of the work done by our Adult Social Care team goes on behind the scenes and this was a fantastic opportunity to recognise the effort and dedication that goes into that work and show just how much we value the contribution the team and its individuals make.”


The award winners in full were:

Working as a Team for Leeds- Social Care Emergency Duty Team

Being Open, Honest and Trusted- Jon Potts

Working With Communities- Karen Elliott

Treating People Fairly- Joy Bvute

Spending Money Wisely- Noreen Metcalf

Making a Difference- Janet Hoult

Partner of the Year- Transport Team for Horsforth Fulfilling Lives

Apprentice of the Year- Paul Hamill

Team Achievement of the Year- Mark Phillott, John Crowther and Michelle Atkinson

Personal Achievement- Caroline Hezelgrave

Leader of the Year- Amanda Wardman

Colleague of the Year- Britta Ofori Kuragu

Images of other award winners are available on request.

For more information, contact:

Stuart Robinson

Communications Officer

Leeds City Council

Tel: 0113 224 3937

Email: stuart.robinson@leeds.gov.uk