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Ayrshire Health and Key Workers Awards 2021
THE Ayrshire Health and Key Workers Awards rewarded and recognised our amazing local health care and key worker heroes.
We wanted to say thank you to those who cared, supported and worked in our communities throughout the national lockdown.
We invited you to tell us about the loyal health, care and key workers who went the extra mile during the pandemic.
The event shared their stories and created a permanent record of their outstanding and selfless achievements.
Join us in saying “Thank You” to them.
The Ayrshire Health & Key Worker Awards 2021 recognised the incredible health, care and key workers both at individual and team level, who are at the heart of our local community.
There were 10 categories to choose from to get your health heroes the recognition they deserve for their achievements.
This award is about teams working together to deliver improved patient care. They can be from any sector but must demonstrate impact, very strong team working, strong communication and the ability to work across organisational boundaries.
This award recognises the contribution of an individual care home worker who strives to improve the delivery of care in the care home sector, through developing ways to enhance nursing care. This person must demonstrate outstanding levels of commitment to care and put the person being cared for at the heart of what they do.
We are looking for a health care professional who demonstrates an innovative and caring approach to their work. This person must demonstrate outstanding levels of commitment to patient care and put the patient at the heart of what they do. Entrants can be from any health care profession and can work anywhere from community care to dental practices to surgical theatre.
This award is open to a department or individual carer/nurse/doctor who specialises in the care and treatment of mental health in Ayrshire. Good mental health is now recognised as a vital component to good overall health and we would like to hear how the care and support in this sector has improved the lives of the individual and their families.
We want to hear from anyone under the age of 18 who looks after someone in their family who has a disability, illness, mental health condition or addiction. This young person may have made a huge contribution to family or community life. Examples may be helping around the house, looking after siblings or taking on extra responsibility for someone else in their family or neighbourhood.
This award recognises the dedicated drivers and essential retail workers who ensured vital supplies reached those in need, whether it was medication, the weekly shop or a well-deserved meal throughout the pandemic.
We are looking to celebrate drivers and retail workers from businesses and organisations across Ayrshire who have gone the extra mile to help keep the country moving under exceptional circumstances.
Where would we be without the key workers who were at the frontline, ensuring our needs were met during the pandemic? This award is open to key workers across the area who worked throughout lockdown to keep Ayrshire moving.
Whether it’s someone who kept hospital hygiene up to scratch, your postie who delivered come rain or shine or the nursery nurse who took care of your little ones, you can nominate them to be recognised for the fantastic job they did.
Did one particular charity stand out from the others during the pandemic? This award recognises the fantastic work done by charities of all sizes, despite the restrictions imposed by the pandemic. Open to all registered charities in the area, we welcome you to nominate the one you feel did most to help and support local communities.
Our judging panel will select one winner from all of the nominations who, in their opinion, has made an outstanding contribution to lockdown life. They will recognise one of the tremendous teams or inspiring individuals who have kept Ayrshire going throughout the pandemic with this very special award.
This award will honour an individual or group voluntary effort. It could be your neighbour who offered to get your shopping during lockdown, a group of volunteers helping out at a food bank or someone who volunteered to step in to support you with household tasks when required. If someone has given up their time to help during the pandemic, then nominate them today.
Content Manager, Ayrshire Weekly Press
Chief Executive, Ayrshire Chamber
Group Chief Executive, Cunninghame Housing Association
Councillor for Saltcoats
The Awards Ceremony
The Ayrshire Health and Key Workers Awards 2021 took place at 6pm on Wednesday, June 30 and is viewable via the Facebook pages of the Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald, Ayr AdvertiserSeries, Cumnock Chronicle, Irvine Times and Largs & Millport Weekly News.
The ceremony showcased our finalists and winners and included entertainment for everyone to enjoy.
Entertainment for our gala evening was provided by Ciaran Sinclair ® The Ayrshire Piper.
DELIVERY DRIVER/RETAIL WORKER – SPONSORED BY BILLY BOWIE
1. Gwen Chynoweth
2. Asda Girvan
3. Andrew McLeish aka ‘Wingnut’ – WINNER
HEALTH CARE TEAM – SPONSORED BY NORTHERN CARPETS AND BEDS
1. Caledonia Care Home
2. District Nurses, Largs – WINNER
3. Garnock Valley District Nurses
CARE HOME WORKER – SPONSORED BY ARTI-FARTI
1. Ellen Loughran
2. Louise Saunders – WINNER
3. Jodie Thornton
NURSE OF THE YEAR – SPONSORED BY INSPIRED VISION BATHROOMS AND WETROOMS
1. Tricia Bulman
2. Kimberley Currie
3. Natalie McLeod – WINNER
MENTAL HEALTH – SPONSORED BY SOVEREIGN CREDIT UNION
1. Olive Kennedy
2. Michelle Trainer – WINNER
3. Wellington Mental Health and Wellness Trust
CHAMPION CHARITY – SPONSORED BY CUNNINGHAME HOUSING ASSOCIATION
1. Beautiful Inside and Out
2. Julia Gray & Volunteers, Whitlees Centre – WINNER
3. Three Sixty
KEY WORKER OF THE YEAR – SPONSORED BY GASSURE
1. Christopher Beattie
2. Donna Fitzpatrick – WINNER
3. Raj Sapotka
VOLUNTEER AWARD – SPONSORED BY THE BATHROOM COMPANY GLASGOW
1. Donna Fitzpatrick
2. Nairn McDonald – WINNER
3. Whitlees Community Centre
YOUNG CARER – SPONSORED BY CUNNINGHAME HOUSING ASSOCIATION
1. Olivia Hunt
2. Nairn McDonald
3. Riley O’Hara – WINNER
Outstanding Achievement sponsored by Thistle Help won by Nairn McDonald.