The Markel 3rd Sector Care Awards winners were announced at a ceremony in London last week.
The 3rd Sector Care Awards celebrate excellence and innovation in voluntary, not-for-profit support services. Entries came from across the sector, including day services, community groups, care homes, hospices and home care providers, as well as teams working on technologies to improve service delivery.
Hosted once again by the enigmatic Dame Esther Rantzen, who this year was joined by her daughter, Rebecca Wilcox, the day was a truly remarkable showcasing of the talent and efforts put in by all the finalists, winners and the sector as a whole.
Dame Esther's witty interviews were paired with festive performances from the Chelsea Pensioners singing group and St Joseph's Roman Catholic Primary School, which had everyone singing and dancing along.
The judges were impressed by the high calibre of this year's finalists and congratulations go to them all.
The 3rd Sector Care Awards winners for 2018 are:
Leading Change, Adding Value Compassion Award
Irene Jervis, Dementia Advisor, Making Space
Community Engagement Award
Shirley Campbell, Housekeeping Manager, The Royal Alfred Seafarers' Society
Ben Whelan, Making Space
Chasing the Stigma - Hub of Hope
Creative Arts Award
Penny Allen, Creative Ageing, Courtyard Centre for the Arts
Collaboration (Integration) Award
Innovative Quality Outcomes Award
Barbara Tait, Lead Fitness Instructor, Belong
Beyond Governance Award
Captain Glass, Chairman, The Royal Alfred Seafarers' Society
Contribution to Sector Development Award
End of Life Care Award
Making a Difference Award
David Williams, Chief Executive Officer, St Monica Trust