A Somerset Council social worker has been shortlisted for a Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of their extraordinary contribution to social work.    

Sue Waring, a Social Worker at Somerset Council, has been selected as one of six finalists for the Lifetime Achievement Award in the Social Worker of the Year Awards 2023. The awards ceremony will be held in London on Friday 3 November. 

The Lifetime Achievement Award recognises an individual who has dedicated their entire working life to social work and has consistently made a positive difference within their community. 

Peter Hay CBE, Chair of the Social Work Awards, said:  

This year we received the most entries ever which goes to show organisations and individuals are keen to shine a light on the inspirational achievements of an often-overlooked profession. We would like to thank all those who took the time to nominate a friend, colleague, or team for an award this year. To our finalists, we’d like to say congratulations! Being nominated for a national award, whilst supporting others during very challenging times, is a remarkable achievement of which you should be very proud.  

Councillor Dean Ruddle, Lead Member for Adult Social Care at Somerset Council, said:   

Congratulations to Sue on being nominated for a Lifetime Achievement Award.  Our social workers do wonderful things each day and I know they will all say that the work is its own reward, but it is fantastic when social workers receive the recognition that they deserve on a national stage. I am beyond delighted to see one of Somerset Council’s own shortlisted for such a prestigious prize. I wish Sue all the very best of luck for November.

Working in care can be hugely rewarding, offering the chance to make a real difference to people’s lives every single day.  

If you are interested in working for Somerset’s adult social care service, visit the Somerset Council careers website for latest vacancies and opportunities.   

For more information about the awards, please visit www.socialworkawards.com.

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August 23, 2023

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