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Local Volunteer through to Four Season’s Care Awards Finals

Jonathon Barba, who volunteers at North Court Care Home in Bury St Edmunds has made the finals of the Four Season’s Care Awards in the Volunteer of the Year category for his commitment to giving his free time to help others.

These are the 1st Four Season’s Care Awards and this year over 700 people were nominated for awards by care home residents, colleagues and visitors. All entries have been of a very high standard making the judging process a difficult one. However, a winner had to be chosen and the nomination for Mr Barba demonstrated how he continues to offer his time and bring a little joy to everyday experiences for our residents.

During the judging process for the Regional Volunteer of the Year award, the panel was looking at a number of different factors which included evidence that someone who’s energy has a positive impact on the lives of the residents in one of our homes.

Mr. Barba were nominated by a member of the care team. His nomination read: “Jonathon is a very keen volunteer who gives up his morning each day to come to the home and offer support to the residents and the team alike. He is very committed and is always pleasant and happy to help where he can. He is an excellent advocate of the home and his help is priceless. Jonathon never asks for recognition and his presence is very unassuming which goes to show he is there for the residents and not the recognition.

As the winner for South East England, Mr. Barba is automatically through to the national Four Season’s Care Awards finals. He will meet a panel of judges in for the last round of judging and will then join finalists from across the UK in Birmingham for a special event to celebrate their achievements and discover if they have won a national award.

Martin Murphy, Regional Manager for Four Seasons Health Care Anglia, said: “The endorsement Mr. Barba has had is high praise indeed. I want to personally thank him for his time that he dedicates to the home. He truly is a deserving winner of this award.”

Jo Vasey, Managing Director for Four Seasons Health Care in South East England, said: “Nearly every time I visit this home I am likely to bump into Mr. Barba. His ongoing support to North Court has been exceptional and nothing is ever too much for him. He is a fantastic yet humble human being and I want to echo the congratulations he has had already.”

The Care Awards were open to employees from all Four Seasons homes across the UK and central team members to celebrate their commitment in the delivery of high-quality services to 14,000 residents cared for in more than 300 locations.

The 14 categories have been created to recognise excellence in a variety of roles across the organisation ranging from ‘Registered Nurse of the Year’ to ‘Care Home Manager of the Year’. We also wanted to recognise the hard the dedication and commitment from our residents, their relatives and volunteers.

Tim Hammond, CEO of Four Seasons Health Care said: “The award categories are all really important as we want to highlight the fantastic people we have working here in our organization. However, I believe it is important to acknowledge the special people who go above and beyond to help others in the community, and this is why our ‘Resident or Relative Contribution’ and ‘Volunteer of the Year’ awards are so important to us.

“I look forward to seeing all of our Regional winners at the National Finals in December.”

Date published: 15 September 2017

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