Dignity in Care Awards

The Dignity in Care Awards recognise, inspire and celebrate care in Richmond upon Thames.

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About the awards

As a council, we remain strongly committed to celebrating dignity in care, and championing local care workers and personal assistants who go the extra mile to provide outstanding care and support to local residents. These awards aim to promote and recognise the very best in care and support, whatever the service provided.

Now in its fourth year, the Dignity in Care Awards:

  • Recognise good quality care within the borough
  • Raise awareness of dignity in care
  • Inspire local care workers and personal assistants to deliver outstanding care and support
  • Reward and recognise those staff and teams that make a difference and go the extra mile.

2016 Awards

A ceremony was held at the Clarendon Hall in York House to celebrate over 100 care workers and personal assistants nominated for this year’s Dignity in Care awards, recognising their hard work and dedication in providing the very best care and support to local residents every day.

The ceremony was hosted by Councillor David Marlow and Cathy Kerr, Director of Adults Social Services. They were joined by Mayor Councillor David Linette, who presented this year’s winners with their awards, and this year’s judges Cathy Maker (Ruils), Lucy Byrne (Richmond AID), Denise Carr (Richmond Mencap), Veronica Schroter (Age UK Richmond) and Councillor Brian Marcel.


On Wednesday 16 November, the winners across the four categories were celebrated. The winners were chosen for providing care with dignity and always going above and beyond the call of duty.

Ken Yew Personal Assistant of the Year Award - Sami Yoshaw

"My long-term PA Sami has provided me with the most amazing care and support over these past 5 years. He has always championed my independence - the core of my rather alternative life – and provided me with all the usual activities of daily living. He assists me with my personal hygiene, prepares 3 healthy meals every day, drives me to all my social and medical appointments, helps with my small homeopathy practice, assists me with my daily rehabilitation exercises - he has and continues to be a real godsend! I truly believe Sami is very deserving of the award for 'dignity in care’ as he has and continues to be encouraging of my dream of reclaiming my function and return to a fully independent life!"

Carer of the Year (Learning Disabilities category) - Sue Brown

"Sue is a very caring person, she enjoys the things Debbie likes to do, like taking her swimming and horse riding, or taking her in her wheelchair to the park. When Debbie was taken to hospital, Sue would not leave me. She stayed with me all the time till Debbie was found a bed on the ward. Sue also visited Debbie while she was in hospital and she has helped when we have a doctor's appointment. Debbie looks forward to seeing Sue. They enjoy doing things together and we think we are very lucky to have Sue."

Carer of the Year (Home Support & Day Care category) - Harminder Saroyia

"Due to a stroke my husband was unable to walk and was very limited in his movements. He also had dementia. His carers came in pairs four times a day and were all very good, but Harminder was the only one who came with every visit and was outstanding in the care he gave. He could not have done more if he had been his son. My husband was a very private person and being taken to the toilet was very embarrassing, but Harminder got him to tell him amusing tales of when he was in the forces, making him laugh to forget his embarrassment. It was so good to hear him laugh as the situation he was in was nothing short of torture. He would burst into tears at times. Harminder massaged his limbs telling him it would make his legs stronger to help him stand. He not only cared for him, but offered me help if I needed it. He always went the extra mile. I can honestly say the last five months of my husband's life was made so much better as Harminder always left him smiling. Thank you Harminder."

Carer of the Year (Older People's Care Homes category) - Tina Ravenhill

"Tina is a pivotal part of a strong, caring team. She is a team player who works extremely hard and is always willing to help.  Tina is unassuming, and has a warm, cheerful and helpful manner. She is always dependable and if she says she will do something, she does it. Often it can be something that colleagues, family or friends might not have noticed. The residents on the Dementia Unit have varying needs and Tina treats everyone as an individual. She understands the nuances that the residents cannot communicate for themselves and strives to ensure their dignity is maintained. Tina speaks to residents direct, always asks them how they are, and does not talk over their heads. It is these small things that make Tina so special. She treats the residents as if they are part of her family, and is endlessly kind to both them and their relatives and friends. To summarise, Tina's dedication, kindness and understanding is second to none. She (along with her colleagues) has to deal with some heartrending situations and she is always there with a kind word or a big smile. She is a ray of sunshine."


Shortlisted nominees
Ken Yew Award Learning Disabilities Home Support & Day Care Older People's Care Homes
Samantha Laye-Sion Maggie Toner Happymore Payarira Dudi Dollani
Gina Basset Egerton Road Harminder Saroyia Tina Ravenhill
Sami Yoshaw Kennedy Otieno Valentin Jordanov Marino Plata
Sue Brown
Lara Naqvi

2015 Awards

On Wednesday 4 November 2015, winners across the four categories were celebrated. They were chosen for providing care with dignity and always going above and beyond the call of duty.


Ken Yew Personal Assistant of the Year Award - Ashley Ironmonger

Ashley’s nomination highlighted how important his daily care is to the resident he cares for. He was praised for his humour, dependable nature and friendly approach which has made 'all the difference' to his client.

He always asks, listens and encourages his client to make decisions about their daily routine, as well as supporting them with personal goals.

Carer of the Year (Learning Disabilities category) - Joseph Field

Joseph’s nomination cited him as an 'exceptional carer' who has made a huge difference in the life of the person he cares for.

He provides reassurance and support to the family of his client, always keeping them informed and involved.

Carer of the Year (Home Support & Day Care category) - Pauline Gellibrand

Pauline always goes the extra mile to provide comfort and reassurance to her client. She has been described as a 'gifted and superb carer'.

Her thoughtful and caring approach to care is highly valued among many.

Carer of the Year (Care Homes category) - Kana Thirumalthasan

Kana has been described as an 'exemplary' home manager whose professionalism and management skills have benefited many residents over the years.

He makes a personal commitment to improve the level of care offered wherever possible.


View the full list of nominees for the 2015 Dignity in Care Awards(pdf, 526KB).

Updated: 8 December 2016