Somerset County Council has been shortlisted for three prestigious national awards in recognition of its work during the coronavirus pandemic.
Despite a record number of submissions this year, leading local government publication opens in a new windowthe MJ has shortlisted Somerset County Council for three separate opens in a new windowMJ Achievement Awards.
The three categories include; ‘Best Workforce Transformation’ for its redeployment work during the pandemic, ‘Community Heroes’ for the work of Community Council for Somerset’s Village and Community Agents, and ‘Delivering Better Outcomes’ for Somerset’s Microproviders, independent care providers who proved a lifeline for Somerset’s isolated rural population throughout the pandemic.
The live awards will take place in London on Friday 17th September, and will see local authorities go head to head in 16 different categories.
Somerset County Council leader Cllr David Fothergill said: “I’m incredibly proud to see Somerset County Council and our partners shortlisted for three awards – particularly this year, as local authorities across the UK have been going above and beyond the call of duty to serve communities in the pandemic response. Our workforce has demonstrated heroic levels of dedication and creativity to ensure that the residents of Somerset were supported and protected during the pandemic. During this period, our staff volunteered to distribute PPE, support registration services, set-up (and resource) pop-up care homes, help with testing and led on setting-up our community vaccination centres. On behalf of the Council, I’d like to thank all involved for their incredible work, and wish them lots of luck for the awards night!”
Keeley Rudd, Chief Executive of Community Council for Somerset said: “It was absolutely amazing to see our fantastic Community and Village Agents nominated for the Community Heroes MJ award this year – it’s well-deserved too, as they braved the coronavirus to bring food, friendship, company, knowledge, and encouragement to Somerset communities. Through their wit and ingenuity, they found new ways to keep people connected – whether through donation drives for phones, bikes, and cars, or regular digital events for the lonely and self-isolating. Of course, we really hope they will win, but irrespective of the outcome, we think they are already true community heroes!”
Cllr David Huxtable, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care said: “Somerset’s Microproviders have truly gone above and beyond the call of duty this year, and it’s great to see them getting the recognition they deserve. They’ve coped remarkably well in the face of enormous pressures and a growing demand for care, providing physical, emotional, and social support to people to help them live independent, dignified lives where they are in control. Huge congratulations to all involved!”