A national award has been won by an activity co-ordinator at a Grantham care home.
Val Taylor who works for The Orders of St John Care Trust (OSJCT) at Apple Trees Care and Reablement Centre on Springfield Road, has been named Best Activity Co-ordinator of 2014 by the National Activity Providers Association (NAPA).
During her three years in the role Val has set up an enrichment programme for residents who choose to stay in their rooms, supported staff and volunteers to engage with residents, and actively promoted the home in the local community.
Dan Hayes, operations director of the Trust, praised Val’s hard work and willingness to work beyond her normal duties.
This was particularly demonstrated when Val helped residents move from the Trust’s former Grantham premises at Chandos House on Gorse Road to the newly-opened Apple Trees.
Val said: “It’s a true honour to be recognised with such a prestigious award – especially from such an important industry organisation like NAPA.
“After working for many years in local schools, I discovered a new role and chapter in my life by becoming an Activity Co-ordinator for OSJCT and can honestly say that the work I do has been the most rewarding and challenging of my life.
“The best part of my role is the joy and laughter it brings on a daily basis, as well as the value and appreciation I feel at the end of each day.
“I truly adore my role and couldn’t imagine working anywhere else other than with the residents at Apple Trees. Every day, I am thankful that the Trust allows my colleagues and me to make a difference to the lives of some of our community’s most vulnerable people.”
NAPA has introduced a number of awards for the first time this year to recognise expertise in activity provision, which will be presented at a ceremony in London on September 17.
Director of NAPA, Sylvie Silver, said: “By setting up our NAPA Awards we aim to recognise the skills, talent and dedication of so many activity providers. Val is a shining example of a highly organised, empathetic and innovative person. She also has the ability to motivate others and help older people, living in care, to enjoy life to the full.”
For more information about the Trust, visit www.osjct.co.uk