Manager and town’s hub in line for awards
The manager of Leading Lives Sudbury Hub has been shortlisted for a special recognition care award.
Locality manager Sally Rodwell is one of three finalists in the Special Recognition category of the inaugural Suffolk Care Awards.
She finds out in September at the awards final in Ipswich if she is the winner.
Additionally, Leading Lives Sudbury Hub is the finalist in another category called Culture, Creativity and Activities for the work done by its Green Group in creating a wildlife garden and promoting conservation.
Last year, a group of adults with learning disabilities turned a disused site on Chilton Industrial Estate into a home for wildlife with the help of local conservationist George Millins.
The group created a garden with wild plants, vegetables and wildlife - including a bug hotel and a bird hide. Activities included wildlife walks.
Commenting on her being singled out for a special recognition award, Sally said she was thrilled.
She said: “It’s absolutely lovely to have that recognition but I wouldn’t have been able to do it without everyone here. I am very fortunate with the team I have got. I am inspired by them.”
She has worked in social care for 30 years and has been at the Sudbury hub for the last three-and-a-half years. She has a team of 20, with a user group of 72.
Suffolk Care Awards are to recognise good care practice in Suffolk and there are 11 different categories. The Suffolk social care sector employs around 20,000 people.
Two organisations are hosting the awards. They are 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.
Commenting on the selection process and category finalists chosen, Liz Taylor, Chair of The Suffolk Brokerage said: “We are delighted with the quality and quantity of entries we received.
“Considering it is the first Suffolk Care Awards we have had in the county, it was very pleasing to get so many entries.
“We are very grateful to those organisations who have sponsored individual awards and our event.
“Selecting our category finalists has been a fantastic opportunity to witness good practice and excellent care first-hand, as we have visited all the shortlisted entrants and spent time talking with providers and service users and getting their views and opinions which really have counted.
“It is evident and plain to see we have lots to be proud of.”