Individuals and teams at Doncaster Children’s Services Trust and partner organisations have been awarded for making differences to the lives of people with children, young people at an awards ceremony this March.

The Trust’s Star Awards, now in their sixth year, are held to celebrate those staff and partners who have gone the extra mile in through their sheer dedication and commitment to helping families.

After over 200 submissions were received for this year’s awards, a collective of 15 Trust colleagues’ teams, and partners and volunteers were crowned as overall winners in their categories. At the celebration event held online on Thursday 18 March 2021 finalists were celebrated for tirelessly working through a challenging year, in which demand for Trust services is on the rise as a result of the pandemic.

Trust Chief Executive, James Thomas commented: “I believe the awards acknowledge the team spirit that exists throughout the organisation – which has resulted in our colleagues, partners and volunteers performing from strength to strength. The awards are a time in which we can recognise the fantastic efforts that have are put into roles every day. Once again a big congratulations to our winners.”

The winners of 15 categories, were announced at the virtual ceremony. These included awards for Social Worker of the Year, Manager of the Year and Support Colleague of the Year. In addition, there was a surprise Chief Executive’s Award, and Chair Award which was awarded to Pause Doncaster, a dedicated team who work to support women who have experienced or are at risk of repeated pregnancies that no longer have their children in their care, to focus on themselves and to make positive choices and changes in their life.

Accepting the award on behalf of team Paula Jackson-Key, Pause Practice Lead commented: “As a team we were absolutely blown away to receive the Chair of the Trust Board Special Recognition Award. I am so proud of all the team and the commitment they show throughout all circumstances. It is an incredible privilege to work with all the women we meet on Pause, they inspire us every day with their strength, courage and honesty”

Some of the loudest applauses of event were held for the winners of the Social Work Awards, for key workers whom over the past year put their all into supporting the young people and families under their care whilst ensuring their safety through the pandemic.

Kristy, Winner of the ASYE of the Year Award said: “I am over the moon to receive this recognition, it is a great feeling after all the work that has been done over the past 12 months. Myself and my colleagues have made the young people the focus and gone above and beyond to ensure much needed support was given throughout lockdown making the best out of the situation. To be recognised for this is an honour.”

The awards for Team of the Year – working with children, young people and families and Social Worker of the Year were sponsored by Trust supplier Matrix.

To find out more about Doncaster Children’s Services Trust and the work they do to please visit: www.doncasterchildrenstrust.co.uk

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