Local Support Worker named “Exceptional Newcomer” at Birmingham Care Awards.

Huge congratulations to Precious Homes’ Support Worker, Cherry Harvey, who was named ‘Exceptional Newcomer’ at the Birmingham Care Awards this month in recognition of the dedication, commitment and loyalty she has given to young adults with learning disabilities, autism and complex needs across Birmingham.

The Birmingham Care Awards is a regional event in the care industry recently set up to acknowledge, celebrate and reward excellence in care delivery across the region, as well as promote collaborative partnerships and celebrate Birmingham as a city.

Shortlisted from hundreds of entrants from across the city, Cherry was joined by her colleagues and other finalists on the 2nd June 2016 at Edgbaston Cricket Ground, Birmingham for the presentation of the awards. Here, she won the prestigious “Excellent Newcomer” Award, with judges commending her hard work, commitment, compassion and loyalty.

Heidi Hanlon, Precious Homes’ Registered Manager at Arthur House and Chamberlain Road said:

Cherry joined our team in May 2015 as a first time role within the care industry. She works within our Kings Heath Team and was nominated by Precious Homes’ Management Team in recognition of the hard work, commitment and fantastic skills she has demonstrated as a first time support worker and a newcomer to the care industry. She has developed a truly person- centred approach since joining the organisation: encouraging independence for the individuals she supports and working hard to help them to meet their individual outcomes and to celebrate their achievements.”

Cherry works within the support team at Precious Homes’ Arthur House and Chamberlain Road residential and supported living services. Both services support individuals who have autism spectrum disorders, learning disabilities, mental health issues and behaviour that may be described as challenging. Across the services, the team take a person-centred approach; encouraging independence and pathways for each adult.

Cherry said: “I didn’t even know I had been nominated by the team so I was delighted when I was invited to attend the awards as a finalist. When they called my name I was in complete shock! I love my job and being able to work with individuals to help build their skills and increase their confidence day in day out is fantastic.”

Greg Lapham, Precious Homes Chief Executive Officer said:

Cherry is an excellent example of someone who is new to the care industry but through strong values and ethos has worked hard to understand and commit to the role, and has now found her vocation in life. We are very proud of Cherry and wish her continued success within our team, and with her career in care.”