Awards will recognise dedication of adult social care staff

Wakefield Council, in partnership with Healthwatch Wakefield, are saying thank you to the district’s adult social care staff with a virtual awards ceremony, taking place on Thursday 23 September.

The ‘Caring through COVID Awards’ are a chance to celebrate the outstanding staff of Wakefield’s adult social care sector following the turbulence of the past 18 months of the pandemic.

Cllr Maureen Cummings
Cllr Maureen Cummings

There are 10 categories in total, including The Unsung Hero Award, The Compassionate Care Award and The Outstanding Care in a Crisis Award.

Cllr Maureen Cummings, Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities, Poverty and Health, said: “I’m delighted that we are able to highlight and reward the incredible work of our adult social care staff over what has been a difficult and turbulent 18 months.

“The amazing stories of the work they do needs to be heard and I hope by saying thank you, they know how much we all appreciate work they do to support the most vulnerable people in our community.”

Gary Jevon, Chief Executive Officer of Healthwatch Wakefield, said: “Our adult social care service staff have been working under immense, unprecedented pressures over the last 18 months or so, and have responded magnificently in many cases.

“The work they have done, and the care they have continued to provide, has been amazing considering the challenges they’ve faced: it’s an honour to be able to celebrate their efforts, their achievements, and say ‘thank you’ in this way.”

Entries will be judged by a panel of reputable, independent, and impartial adjudicators to determine the award winners for all the categories bar The Putting People First Award, where judges will shortlist entries before putting it to a public vote. Each category winner will be awarded £200, and multiple runners up in each category will each receive £100.

Nominations close Sunday 22 August. Find out more or nominate someone at