Oxfordshire Care Awards – Style Acre’s winners!

Here are the Style Acre winners of the Oxfordshire Care Awards 2020!

Chris Care Award 2020 Employer of the YearStyle Acre has won the Care Employer Award – This is wonderful recognition for all of our dedicated employees who work so hard to support people with learning disabilities and autism across Oxfordshire. The award nomination focussed on the support we have given – and continue to give to people to become healthier and happier, particularly through our Ways to Wellness Programme.

Thank you to Monica, mum of Mark (who lives in one of our supported living households), for her testimonial: “Since the household was set up five years ago there has always been a lot of activity in the garden but I noticed last year that the interest in and enthusiasm for gardening has really grown which I am convinced is due to the proactive, supportive and enthusiastic attitude of the lovely staff … It wasn’t just the growing that was fun for them but they all had a real understanding of how they were personally benefitting from the crops they had grown. They enjoyed eating lots of very fresh vegetables and bowls of strawberries… I would like to end by saying that the staff are superb. They are caring and kind, supportive and helpful and very importantly these are virtues that extend to the families of the people they care for. I could not find better people to care for my son and it gives me great peace of mind knowing this.”

Chris Newcomer of the YearJames Simpson has won the Newcomer to Care Award – James became a Support Worker at our Wallingford community hub in March 2019, he previously worked as a barber and at a local fishing lake. It soon became apparent that James is a natural Support Worker, taking things in his stride and learning quickly. James has become a valued and respected member of the team; he is involved in a range of integral support. James is very adaptable and able to work with individuals with a variety of complex support needs, in a range of situations. He has supported individuals with profound and multiple learning disabilities, with high physical support needs. He is caring and respectful in his support at all times. James also supports people with autism, who have complex support needs and high levels of anxiety. James has just recently taken up a place on our Leadership Programme and has progressed to becoming Assistant Support Manager at one of our supported living households. Well done James!

Style Acre & Element 6Element 6 win the Inspiration Award for their work with the people we support – Element Six, based on Harwell Campus, has been supporting people with learning disabilities and autism through their relationship with Style Acre since early 2018. Initially Element Six offered a work placement through our Work Programme at their Harwell Campus site. Since then their enthusiasm, dedication and positivity has really shown through; they have since offered 4 individuals with learning disabilities or autism the opportunity to gain work experience at their main site, and have offered numerous volunteer hours through other projects and events. To learn more, visit the Element Six website.

Daniel, who has undertaken work opportunities at Element 6 says: “Element Six are brilliant. I’ve learned a lot about how they work. They are very kind to me. At Element Six I’ve learned how to work as a team. There’s a few other employees in the team, about 10 in the press room… I feel grown up when I’m at Element Six. I like my job here. I find it easy to talk to people there. They make me feel good.”

Lisa-Marie Betteridge has been highly commended for the Long Term Service Award

Russ Forster has been highly commended for the Community/Home Care Worker Award

Find out more about the awards from the Oxfordshire Association of Care Providers

Watch all the award winners in the video below!

Oxfordshire Care Awards 2020 from Oxfordshire County Council on Vimeo.