The outstanding work of Solihull’s health and care workers was celebrated in the first ever Solihull Together for Better Lives awards.
The ceremony, which took place the Renewal Conference Centre, recognised the work of individuals and organisations who work to support older people in Solihull.
The awards on offer ranged from celebrating the work of individuals, such as Care Professional of the Year Mandy Hannigan, to the collective work of Hampton Surgery which won Primary Care Service of the Year.
Rabbi Pink, aged 44, was awarded the prize for Outstanding Project Delivered in the Community on behalf of the Thursday Club, an organisation run for senior citizens which is held at Solihull Synagogue.
The club, which has been operating for ten years, supports and provides company for older people in the community. Rabbi Pink said that the club is special due to the individual attention it pays to each person.
He added: “It is great that the hard work of the volunteers has been recognised.
“They are unsung heroes.”
Robin Dunlevy, aged 53, won the Award for Collaborative Working for the work of Solihull Partnership’s Winter Warmth Campaign Project Team. The campaign, in collaboration with Age UK, saw 27 organisations work together to give older people the support they need in winter, such as providing heaters and electric blankets. He credits their work with making people’s lives better.
The ceremony was attended by the Mayor, Coun Kate Wild, and hosted by Les Lawrence, chairman of the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust Board. Dr Patrick Brooke, Accountable Officer for Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “It has been a real privilege to meet so many of the finalists and winners and hear their wonderful stories. We have a lot to be proud of in Solihull.”