OVER the last few weeks we have been taking a look at some of the award categories for the 2018 Observer-supported Solihull Together Awards and the stories behind the 2017 winners.
The Solihull Together Awards are an annual borough-wide celebration of outstanding care and support provided by residents, volunteers and professionals.
Now in their fourth year, the 2018 Awards recognise inspiring individuals and innovative teams who are working together to make life better for Solihull’s vulnerable and frail adults.
During the Christmas holidays the organisers are hoping that Observer readers can get involved and enter the Awards so here’s a reminder of all nine categories and how you can submit your nomination online at www.solihulltogether.co.uk/awards
The closing date for nominations is midday on Monday January 29.
The Solihull Together Local Hero award – Sponsored and presented by The Solihull Observer
This award is for an individual or small group who have had a big impact on the lives of family members, neighbours or their local community.
The award recognises residents (such as carers or volunteers) who are working in a personal or voluntary capacity with vulnerable and frail adults in Solihull.
The Solihull Together Care Professional of the Year
This award is for an outstanding social care professional (eg social worker, care worker, support worker) who works, in a paid capacity, with adults in Solihull.
The Solihull Together Health Professional of the Year
This award is for an outstanding health care worker (eg healthcare assistant, nurse, therapist, mental health professional, doctor), who works, in a paid capacity, with adults in Solihull.
The Solihull Together Care Team of the Year
This award is for a team that has made an outstanding contribution to caring for adults in Solihull.
This award is open to the public and private sector, professional and voluntary groups and includes teams who provide care at home, in a care home or other setting.
The Solihull Together Primary Care Service of the Year
This award celebrates innovation in care for adult patients. It is open to providers of primary care including GP surgeries, pharmacies, dentists and opticians.
The Solihull Together award for collaborative working
This award is open to any partnership or project which involves two or more organisations, groups or societies working together to support adults in Solihull.
It is open to all types of organisation including private, public sector and voluntary groups.
The Solihull Together award for outstanding community project
This award is for an innovative project delivered in a community setting, which supports vulnerable and frail adults.
This category is open to all types of organisation including voluntary groups and private or public sector organisations.
It is also open to individuals.
The Solihull Together award for outstanding customer care
This award is open to individuals, voluntary, public and private sector teams or organisations that provide a great customer experience for adults in Solihull.
This could include providing care for someone in a crisis situation.
The Solihull Together Inspiring Leader award
This award celebrates the most inspirational individuals, at any level of an organisation, who have demonstrated leadership and have kept colleagues motivated in the face of challenges and changes.
It is open to all types of organisations supporting adults in Solihull.
The Solihull Together Chairman’s Award
This is a discretionary award chosen by the judging panel for any nominee who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to improving the lives of adults in Solihull.
No nominations are required for this award.
The 2017 Chairman’s Award was presented to Amy Jackson from The Lily Mae Foundation. Amy and her husband Ryan set up The Lily Mae Foundation four years ago after their daughter Lily Mae was stillborn.
The pair named their charity after Lily Mae because they wanted something positive to emerge from their family’s tragedy.
The charity helps those who have lost babies to still birth or neonatal death. The foundation offers fourteen different support programmes for parents and their families. Find out more about their work at www.lilymaefoundation.org