preciousPrecious Homes Manager, Jo, Scoops National Award

Staff at specialist social care service provider, Precious Homes, are celebrating a member of their team winning a prestigious national award.

Jo Rodell, who works at Treow House in Houghton Regis near Dunstable, received the Frontline Leaders Award at the National Learning Disabilities and Autism Awards on Friday 15th May 2015 in Birmingham.

The awards celebrate excellence from across the sector and pay tribute to individuals who have demonstrated an outstanding contribution within their field.

Jo, who supports adults with learning disabilities and who present with challenging behaviour, was nominated by her colleague, Lauren Forde and was shortlisted from nearly 800 nominations. The judges were impressed by Jo’s passion for her job, and her hands-on approach to encouraging her staff to thrive and develop.

Jo said: “It’s amazing to have won the award. It was a brilliant evening, with everybody in the room there to celebrate individuals being supported and enabled to live with as much independence and confidence as possible.

Without my dedicated team of staff and the support I get from my senior managers at Precious Homes, I would not be who I am today. I love knowing every day we are making a difference to people’s lives.”

Greg Lapham, Chief Operating Officer at Precious Homes, said: “I am delighted that Jo has won The Frontline Leaders Award. There was a lot of strong competition in Jo’s category and to have won the award is testament to Jo’s ongoing commitment and dedication.

“For Jo, delivering a high standard of support that focuses on individuals’ specific needs is second nature and it is great that this has been passed onto the rest of her team. I am pleased to note the award acknowledges Jo’s inspirational leadership. We are delighted to have leaders like Jo on our team so that we can continue to make a difference every day in the lives of all the people we support.”

The awards were hosted and judged by the British Institute of Learning Disabilities (BILD) and Care Talk magazine with support for the event from the Department of Health, the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), Care England, Care Quality Commission (CQC), Skills for Care, Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE), Voluntary Organisations Disability Group (VODG).