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Inspiring care workers recognised at awards event

Published on Thursday, December 15, 2022

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Winners and nominees at the Leicester and Leicestershire Inspired to Care Awards

LOCAL heroes have been celebrated for their inspirational achievements within the care industry.

An awards ceremony honouring adult social care professionals was hosted and organised by Inspired to Care, a Leicestershire County Council team promoting the work of care professionals and encouraging people to consider employment in the care industry.

The winners were recognised for having a variety of success stories, such as their dedication and service to others, or for overcoming personal difficulty. This included Julie Rudd (from Vista Care Homes), who scooped both the Lifetime Achievement Award and Care Professional of the Year Award after 45 years in the sector.

The event was organised in conjunction with Leicester City Council to promote charting a career in adult social care.

Overall winner Julie said: “I am absolutely thrilled! It’s amazing, I just can’t believe it!”

Councillor Radford, county council cabinet member for adults and communities, was present at the event. She said: “Care is an essential part of society because no matter what, we always need to lean on each other. That’s truer than ever with the sector under immense pressure to deliver throughout a cost-of-living crisis. But I hope with this event people can see our appreciation for care professionals, that they’re recognised and commemorated as a real force for good. This is a career path that can be hugely rewarding.”

The event took place on Thursday 24 November at the Leicester Racecourse in Oadby, with finalists and their guests in attendance. Michelle Reynolds of the Inspired to Care team presented, relaying the inspiring stories of each finalist and winner.

Leicestershire County Council’s Inderjit Lahel, Assistant Director for Strategic Commissioning, and Leicester City Council’s Kate Galoppi, Director of Adult Social Care & Commissioning, helped to present awards to the winners.

Deputy city mayor for social care and anti-poverty, Cllr Sarah Russell, said: “We all recognise what a hugely challenging time it is to be working in social care at the moment. I’m so proud of the talented and dedicated professionals we have in Leicester and Leicestershire who continue to put people first and uphold high standards of care. Congratulations to everyone who was nominated and the winners at the Inspired to Care event.”

Representatives for the sponsors of the night were also in attendance, and each gifted a prize to the winners. The sponsors were: Wood St Optical, 3ABCare, Leicester City Council, Leicester Racecourse, Everyone Active, RoundSys, Enable Inclusive Support, the National Space Centre and Gorse Hill City Farm.

Care professionals in a variety of roles were celebrated to reflect the many different experiences available within the care industry. The full list of winners is as follows:

Support Professional of the Year

Tracey Donnelly

Learning Disability Professional of the Year

Jane Copperwheat

Palliative Care Professional of the Year

Michelle Colbourne

Care Leader of the Year

Lisa Tuckley

Mental Health Professional of the Year

Paddi Jo Waldron

Best Newcomer to Social Care

Kathy Hillcoat

Volunteer of the Year

Nazir Kassam

Lifetime Achievement

Julie Rudd

Inspired to Care Member of the Year

Grey Ferrers Care Home

Care Professional of the Year

Julie Rudd


Steve Payne, Director of Care and Services, said of Julie: ‘I am so proud of Julie, these awards are so well deserved. Throughout her career she has worked tirelessly putting the needs of her residents and staff first.”

Adult social care can be a rewarding career, with many types of roles available within Leicester and Leicestershire.

For more information about working in care, and the Inspired to Care team, visit