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Three cheers for double Dimensions success

Dimensions colleagues have won coveted awards at not one but two regional award ceremonies in the West region.

Sue Guest, a support worker in Worcestershire, won the award for Care Home Worker at the West Midlands heat of the Great British Care Awards.

Sue will now go through to the National Awards, which are due to be held at the ICC in Birmingham next March.

Helen Orford, Regional Managing Director in the West, said, “Sue joined Dimensions in 2010 with no previous experience of working in social care, but she has grown in experience and confidence to be appreciated as a role model and inspiration for others.

“Sue’s sense of fun and good humour ensures that Fred and other people she supports enjoy lots of laughter and just the best of times when she is supporting them.”

We are also very proud of support workers Ben Sandland and Donna Appleyard, and the team at Grafton Street in Derby, who were also very deserving regional finalists.

Then down the road at the South West Regional heat of the Great British Care Awards, Locality Manager Donna McGauley scored a hat-trick by scooping her third external award this year in the Frontline Leader category. She too will now go through to the final next March.

Helen Orford again was thrilled. She said, “We are in awe of Donna’s many successes, which include Manager of the Year at the National Learning Disability & Autism Awards and, more recently, at the Care & Support West Awards.

Donna is best summed up by an external professional who volunteers who described Donna as ‘open and honest, friendly and pleasant and makes visitors to the services she manages feel welcome'”.

Many congratulations also to the other South West finalists – the Keynsham Supported Living team and relief worker Matilda Orford.

All of these successes go to show that the support we provide at Dimensions really is second to none and is being recognised as such.

Notes to the editor

For more information, interviews, and case studies contact Hannah McCreesh, Communications and PR Officer at Dimensions, on (e) Hannah.mccreesh@dimensions-uk.org (t) 0300 303 9062.

Dimensions provides evidence-based, outcomes-focused support for people with learning disabilities, autism and complex needs. We help people be actively involved in their communities.

We are one of the largest not-for-profit support providers in the UK. We currently support around 3,500 people and their families throughout England and Wales with help from our 7,000 members of staff.

We have been providing support packages for families for 40 years. We offer a range of support services to adults of all ages, including those with complex needs or challenging behaviour.

We are proud to be a not-for-profit organisation, not here for commercial gain. This means we’re able to invest all our efforts and resources into the important things – which is helping the people we support lead happy and fulfilled lives.