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Support worker gets nominated for care awards

Support worker Michael Allen has been shortlisted for the Care Newcomer Award in the Hertfordshire Care Awards.

Michael Allen became a support worker for the organisation in July 2015 after a leaving his job as a builder. “I had witnessed a relative with disabilities receive excellent support” said Michael “and it inspired me to become a support worker. I loved the work immediately, I didn’t think it could be so rewarding.”

Michael was the first out of Walsingham Support’s 900 employees to pass the new Care Certificate introduced in April 2015 to equip health and social care workers with the relevant skills to provide safe and compassionate care.

Philip Nightingale, Locality Manager at the service, said: “Since starting, Michael has gone out of his way to improve the lives of people we support and has proved himself to be an excellent advocate for people with disabilities who are unable to speak up for themselves. He used to build walls, now he is bringing down barriers.”

The Award ceremony will be held on 25 November at Knebworth Barns, Stevenage and we wish Michael the best of luck!