Sally and her green team scoop awards

Sally Rodwell and Leading Lives were winners in the Suffolk Care Awards ANL-160726-221456009
Sally Rodwell and Leading Lives were winners in the Suffolk Care Awards ANL-160726-221456009

Leading Lives’ Sudbury hub has won two awards - one for its conservation work and a special recognition award for manager Sally Rodwell.

The organisation in Northern Road has a team of 20, and they work with 72 people with learning difficulties.

Last year, a group of adults turned a disused site on Chilton Industrial Estate into a home for wildlife.

The group - called The Green Group - also created a garden with wild plants, vegetables and wildlife including a bug hotel and a bird hide.

At the inaugural Suffolk Care Awards held last week, Leading Lives Sudbury hub won the culture, creativity and activities category for the work it has done with its conservation group to build on the interests of customers and to build social skills and confidence levels.

At the same time, locality manager Sally Rodwell won the special recognition category for inspiring her team.

At the awards ceremony, she was described as “a much-needed breath of fresh air - full of enthusiasm, sparkle and fun.”

Kate Sears, who nominated Sally for her award and also The Green Team, said the Sudbury hub was thrilled with the result.

She said: “We are absolutely thrilled to bits; we are so proud to have won two awards. It’s so amazing to have the recognition for the work The Green Group has done. It has given them confidence and has been so good for people’s health and wellbeing.”

She said Sally had transformed the Sudbury hub since taking over three-and-a-half years ago.

“She has really inspired the team and customers. We have had five staff promoted in the last 18 months. She is so bubbly and enthusiastic, infectiously enthusiastic in fact,” she added.

Sally has worked in social care for 30 years.

The awards were run for the first time by The Suffolk Brokerage, a not-for-profit organisation, dedicated to raising care standards, and the Suffolk Association of Independent Care Providers (SAICP), a membership organisation involved in good care practice.

Their aim is to recognise good care practice in Suffolk in a sector which employs around 20,000 people.

Leading Lives in Ipswich won the award for the best health and social care training.

There were awards in 11 different categories.

Co-host of the awards ceremony Hilary Gibbs said: “When the Suffolk Care Awards opened for entries in March, we were overwhelmed by the number of entries we received. It demonstrates that good care providers, and care-givers, are proud of their work and want to shout about it.

“The Awards are about shining a spotlight on good care practice.”