A proud 2016 for Birmingham’s Adult Services

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Stuart Reynolds, Communications Manager (Adults), Directorate for People at Birmingham City Council reflects on what made him proud in 2016:

2016 has given me many reasons to be proud of working in the world of adult social care in Birmingham; recognition locally and nationally for the work of my colleagues – including multiple winners in the Social Worker of the Year awards, each with their individual stories of dedication and personal commitment; the Local Hero Award deservedly won by the Sensory Support Team who were nominated by a mother of a child with hearing issues who used social media to sing their praises; and a Queen’s Birthday Honours award for Rehana Khan for her unstinting work as the manager of Bharosa, a service which protects and supports some of the most vulnerable Asian women in the city.

But I feel personally most proud of what I have witnessed first-hand – the care and dedication shown by frontline staff who treat citizens with respect and dignity, and show real warmth, concern and personal commitment day in day out. This often unsung work is where lives are ‘routinely’ transformed, but it’s all in a day’s work. 

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