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Pathways Care in the North East is celebrating a triple success at the Great North East Care Awards 2018.

David Grayson, Eric McLeod and Norma Jewitt were all recognised for the excellence of the care and support they deliver.

David, who won the Home Care Registered Manager Award, manages East Farm Children’s Home in Consett. The judges were impressed with his ‘passion and inspirational leadership’, which was ‘illustrated through examples of children’s success stories accessing education and achieving GCSEs after years of exclusion from education.’  It was noted that ‘David has taken his service, which supports service users with emotional and behavioural difficulties, from inadequate six years ago to outstanding.’

Eric was named as Care Home/Chef of the year.  He works at Fairholme in South Shields, which provides care and support for up to 22 adults who have enduring mental health problems. The service consists of 17 individual rooms and four single flats.  His nomination noted that Eric clearly articulates an inclusive and imaginative approach to his catering. An experienced chef, he has been responsive to resident’s needs, bringing more to the table than just food by encouraging, stimulating and enticing residents to be involved in their dining experience.’ 

The Care Home Worker Award was the accolade won by Norma Jewitt of Harmony House in Hebburn, South Tyneside. Harmony House is registered to provide accommodation for younger adults with mental health needs and older adults who live with dementia or a learning disability.   Her citation stated that ‘Norma likes to leave her residents feeling happier when providing support. She never assumes she knows what people want, she finds out by talking to them or their family members. She encourages response from her ‘vintage afternoon teas’ or her singing for the brain sessions especially for people living with dementia.’ 

Colin Welding, Regional Manager at Pathways Care said: “Norma, David and Eric are worthy winners of these accolades.

“Enabling and supporting service users to live the very best lives possible is at the heart of everything we do and all three of our award-winners exemplify the care and support that we endeavour to provide at our homes.”

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