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Care award for Kate

Care award for Kate

Support worker Kate Townsend has scooped the top accolade at the annual awards given by Gloucestershire-based homecare provider DoCare.

Kate, 49, who is based with the company’s Cirencester team, was named Support Worker of the Year and was selected for her dedication, hard work and the excellent feedback she has received from clients.

DoCare, based in Stroud, also ran a Care Newcomer Award for the first time, which went to Natasha Hopkins, who is based with the Yate team

Kate, from Cirencester, said she was delighted to have won the award. She started with DoCare in November 2010, after a career as a horse riding instructor

“I had always liked the idea of a career in caring, and cared for my father when he was diagnosed with cancer, but I decided to wait until my children were older,” said Kate. “I am passionate about the job, I really love it. I love being able to make a difference to people’s lives and I love talking to our clients – they are so interesting and you learn so much from them.”

Since starting with DoCare, Kate has achieved her level 2 diploma in health and social care, and is also training as a specialist dementia support worker.

She will now be put forward for the Great South West Care Awards, which take place in the autumn. Last year, DoCare’s Kerry-Ann Lees was entered for these awards, and is now through to next month’s national final.

Natasha, 22, from Kingswood, started with DoCare in September and is working towards her level 2 diploma in health and social care. After spending several years as a secretary, she felt ready for a change.

“I wanted to have a job where I could help people and make a difference,” said Natasha. “Sometimes, we are the only people our clients see in a day, and I really enjoy talking to them and keeping them company.”

DoCare’s Managing Director Steve Mills said: “These were our second annual awards, and both Kate and Natasha are worthy winners, from a very strong and dedicated team of support workers. The feedback we had for them from clients was excellent. They really have been helping to make every day a better day.”

Notes to editors:

DoCare covers 650 square miles and has teams based in Cirencester, Cheltenham, Dursley, Gloucester, Stroud and Yate. Its head office is in Stroud.

Set up in 2004, this family-run business provides care and support to suit the needs of its clients, which may be half-an-hour a day or multiple visits per day. Help can be long-term or temporary and covers a range of support, from organising meals and shopping, to personal care or helping with housework. By enlisting help from DoCare, people are able to remain in their own homes instead of going into a care or nursing home. DoCare takes both private referrals and those from Social Services. Not all clients are elderly; DoCare can help all adults who need care at home.

For more information contact Jo Smyth, of Word Worker, on 01666 861149 or email