An activities leader from a Sanctuary Care home in Stourport-on-Severn is over the moon after being shortlisted for a very prestigious care award.
Carla Siwicki, who has worked at Ravenhurst Residential Care Home for over six years, has been shortlisted in the Care Activities Co-ordinator category of the National Care Awards, following a surprise nomination by her employer, Sanctuary Care.
Speaking of the award Carla said: “I was really surprised to find out that I had been nominated and I am thrilled to have made it through to the finals. It really is a huge honour to have been shortlisted ahead of so many and I am just so proud.
“My residents mean the world to me, and seeing them smile is just the best feeling so I always try to do everything I can to provide them with a range of enjoyable and stimulating activities.”
The award is for a person who has made an exceptional contribution to the quality of life, health and happiness of all the people they support through the activities they provide.
72 year-old resident, Rita Hardiman said: “Carla is a treasure in our eyes; she does so much for us.
“We all think highly of her passion and long may she stay with us as we couldn’t do without her.”
Carla ensures that residents have the opportunity to enjoy their favourite pastimes as well as encouraging them to take part in other interesting activities, trying new things.
Describing why she was nominated her manager Andrew Green said: “Carla is so passionate about always doing the very best for the residents and making sure that they are doing things that are important to them, helping them feel fulfilled and treating them as the wonderful individuals they are.
“She is a very special part of our team and we all feel very lucky to have her here at Ravenhurst.”
Carla will be attending an awards gala night on Friday 24 November at the Hilton London Metropole in London, where the winner will be announced.
This year’s awards are perfectly timed as mark the beginning of Sanctuary Care’s 20 year anniversary of delivering care.