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Celebrating Excellence: Markel 3rd Sector Care Awards

The finalists in the Markel 3rd Sector Care Awards have been announced and have now faced the expert judging panel.

COVID-19 might have postponed face-to-face events across the UK, but the Markel 3rd Sector Care Awards remain as committed as ever to celebrating the outstanding innovation and creativity in the voluntary care and support sector.

The sector has had to go further this year than any other, not only to keep groups and services running, but also to keep people safe. We are pleased to say that from what we have seen, it has more than risen to the challenges hurled at it this year, and some excellent examples of extraordinary work have been shared with us.

This hard work and dedication must be recognised and championed.

The finalists

Every year, it is a challenge for our judges to narrow down the finalists in each category, and 2020 was no different. A high calibre of entries from organisations large and small showed all the ways people had gone above and beyond in caring for the people they support.

The 2020 Markel 3rd Sector Care Awards finalists are:

Compassion Award

  • Gladys Nkhola, Monet Lodge.
  • Intergenerational Music Making.
  • Sara Costa, Outlook Care.
  • Innovative Quality Outcomes Award
  • The Hospice Heart Partnership Project.
  • The Care Workers’ Charity.
  • Music as Therapy International.

Contribution to Sector Development Award

  • St Luke’s Hospice, Harrow and Brent.
  • Evergreen Care Trust.

Community Engagement Award

  • MCR Pathways.
  • Barnsley Dementia Gateway Service.
  • Intergenerational Music Making.

Creative Arts Award

  • Intergenerational Music Making.
  • Head2Head Sensory Theatre.
  • Demelza, Hospice Care for Children.

Campaigning for Change Award

  • Intergenerational Music Making – Care to Create.
  • Aspens Charities, #CareForTheCarers Campaign.

Leadership Award

  • Paul Bott, SJOG.
  • Sara Costa, Outlook Care.
  • Karolina Gerlich, Executive Director, The Care Workers’ Charity.

Technology Award

  • Support 4 Independence.
  • Digitisers – Surrey Choices.
  • ENABLE Me.

Making a Difference Award

  • Kaye Wright, Chair, Friends of Dorset Care Leavers.
  • Karolina Gerlich, Executive Director, The Care Workers’ Charity.
  • Piotr Rejek, Chief Executive, Outlook Care.

Dementia Care Award

  • Music for Dementia.
  • Retain Wellbeing CIC – GIFT Café.
  • Alzheimer’s Support.

End of Life Care Award

  • St Lukes Hospice, Harrow and Brent.
  • Martin House Hospice Care for Children and Young People.
  • Sherdley Court.

Collaboration (Integration) Award

  • Options for Supported Living.
  • The Independent Living Roadshow.
  • Intergenerational Music Making – #musicalconversations.

The judging day

Our judging day is an integral part of the Markel 3rd Sector Care Awards. It’s an opportunity for our finalists to speak to the judging panel about their projects, ambitions and histories and offer more context to their entries. Judges delve deeper into the real values behind each organisation and attempt to narrow each category down to one winner.

This year, our usual panel of leaders, peers, and experts listened to outside-the-box thinking, creativity, and stories of compassion. The day took place virtually, allowing the judges to ‘meet’ and interview finalists across all 12 categories.

The judging day never fails to bring with it a rollercoaster of emotion as we hear about all the immensely impressive ways that staff and volunteers are affecting people’s lives. The panel was astounded but not surprised by the quality of finalists for this year’s awards, with innovation around handling the challenges that 2020 has thrown at services in all aspects of care.

The ceremony

While technology has provided so many people much-needed support during this year, and virtual meetings, conversations, and judging have become the norm, we are hopeful that this can remain a face-to-face event.

As it usually takes place in December, we have pushed the date into the New Year, and will keep everyone informed of the date that is decided on. Whether it goes ahead face-to-face or unavoidably has to be virtual, we hope you will be part of the 2021 event. We are delighted to once again have Markel on board, which, along with the support of our other sponsors, helps to keep this highly-regarded event free for finalists to attend and to enter.

To keep up to date with all the latest on the event, including a newly proposed date for 2021, and to see more about the Markel 3rd Sector Care Awards finalists 2020, follow @3rdsectorcare on Twitter and keep an eye out for #3rdSectorCareAwards.

The Markel 3rd Sector Care Awards is run specifically for the voluntary care and support sector.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact David Werthmann on or 01223 206955.

With thanks to our supporters: National Care Forum, Learning Disability England, The Care Provider Alliance, Association of Mental Health Providers and VODG.


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