Two Kidderminster-based support workers have been rewarded for their efforts in adult social care over the past year – taking home prestigious accolades at National Care Group’s Annual Awards. 

Returning in person for 2022, 150 colleagues from across the country gathered to celebrate and reflect on the past year in care, with senior management setting out their vision for the leading social care provider over the next few years. 

National Care Group supports more than 1,250 vulnerable adults across England and Wales, each with varying healthcare and specialist needs.  

Following a challenging year for many in the sector, Endurance Care in Kidderminster was particularly highlighted for its duty of care. Team leader Wayne Richards, and support worker Jodie Richards, picked up the ‘Making a Difference’ and ‘Support Worker of the Year’ awards respectively. 

Wayne said: “It’s a huge honour to receive this award based on the recognition of my peers. Delivering care-assisted support to vulnerable adults cannot be achieved without strength in numbers, and to that end, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank not only those who nominated me but all those in my team at Bewdley Hill, who collaborate with respect and help make my role easier and even more enjoyable every day.” 

Commenting on her win, Jodie said: “I’m delighted to be named ‘Support Worker of the Year’. Everyone across the group works incredibly hard to ensure the people we support lead happy and healthy lives.

“In this sense, my role is hugely enjoyable and made that much more rewarding by seeing their achievements come to fruition each day. I’d really like to thank my registered manager Kelly Smith who nominated me to receive this very special award.” 

Endurance Care provides person-centred support to people with learning disabilities and autism. It forms part of 300 support services owned by National Care Group across the UK, with the group continuing to recruit and expand its offering year-on-year. 

James Allen, CEO of National Care Group said: “It’s always of huge importance to take a step back, reflect and reward those who have helped change lives over the past year in social care. 

“Our services are always evolving, offering a career path that not only delivers day-to-day support, but also the ambition to change lives for the better. I’m hugely proud of everyone that works hard across the group to maintain our position as one of the foremost providers of adult social care operating today.” 

The 2022 edition of the Annual Awards, held in Wyboston at its Lakes Resort, also saw accolades handed out in nine further categories, including Team of the Year and Wellbeing Champion.