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Plymouth social workers shortlisted for national awards

30th October 2017

Gareth Benjamin & Mel Wilson
Above: Gareth Benjamin & Mel Wilson

Two Plymouth social workers have been recognised in national awards which identify and celebrate the country’s most innovative and dedicated professionals in adults’ and children’s services.

Gareth Benjamin has been shortlisted as Mental Health Social Worker of the Year, while Melanie Wilson is a finalist for the Team Leader of the Year, two of the categories in the Social Worker of the Year 2017 Awards. Both work for Livewell Southwest, the community interest company which provides health and social care services across Plymouth, South Hams and West Devon.

Peter Hay CBE, chair of the Social Work Awards charity which organises the awards, said: “Our aim is to celebrate the outstanding achievements of individual practitioners and teams up and down the country and we’ve been truly humbled by the huge praise coming from people who have benefitted from great social work.”

Steve Waite, chief executive of Livewell Southwest, welcomed the news and said: “I am delighted that Gareth and Melanie’s outstanding work has been recognised by the Awards judges and congratulate them both on this achievement.

“Social work is a hugely demanding profession and our teams face many challenges. But Gareth and Melanie exemplify the dedication and commitment of our professionals who make a difference every day to the people they are supporting, their carers and families.”

James Rook, managing director of Sanctuary Social Care, the awards’ headline sponsor, said: “The Social Worker of the Year awards continue to go from strength to strength and we are delighted to have seen an increase in the range and number of organisations nominating their inspirational social workers and social work teams.

“The standard of entries and level of competition is very strong, so all shortlisted nominees should be extremely proud.”