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Cirencester support worker counts down days to national award final

Cirencester support worker Kerry-Ann Lees hasn't long to wait now to find out if she's scooped a prestigious national award.

The finals of the Great British Care Awards are being held in London on June 23, and Kerry-Ann is a finalist in the Dementia Carer category.

Kerry-Ann, who works for domiciliary care company DoCare, won the Dementia Care Award at the Great South Care Awards regional finals, and so went through to the national final.

"I was really surprised to be told I was a finalist, and very pleased to have won the award," said Kerry- Ann, 35, from Nailsworth, who has been with DoCare for more than five years. "I've always been in care work, I love the variety and I particularly love working with elderly people."

Kerry-Ann undertook the Dementia Link Programme run in Gloucestershire, and her specialist training helps her to work very effectively with dementia clients and with cross-training the team.

DoCare is based in Stroud and has six teams across the county, in Cheltenham, Dursley, Stroud, Gloucester and Yate, as well as Cirencester. The family-run company invests heavily in training staff in the field of dementia, and now has more than ten staff undertaking the Dementia Link Worker programme. This training is passed onto the teams through a three-month internal dementia course, ensuring all support workers can offer specialist support to dementia clients.

Managing Director Steve Mills said he was delighted at Kerry-Ann's success, which was well-deserve. "Kerry-Ann has been key to leading our dementia initiatives and she is instrumental in the growth of the Cirencester team, driving our dementia programme for the benefit of clients, staff and strategic partners."

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 jo@wordworker.co.uk