Chertsey is a registered residential home for five female adults with Learning Disabilities and individual complex needs in Twickenham.
Hema, who works at our residential service in Chertsey Road, won the ‘Supporting Older People with Learning Disabilities’ Lord Rix Award at the National Learning Disabilities & Autism Awards 2015.
Hema, who was nominated by her service manager Aliza Rahman, received her award at the prestigious gala event at the International Convention Centre in Birmingham on Friday (15th April).
“Hema is an incredibly hard-working carer and her dedication to the people she supports shone through,” said Aliza. “No task is too insignificant for her to tackle. She simply jumps in and gets the job done. She is such a pleasure to have around with her can-do and conscientious attitude. She is always bursting with enthusiasm for her work and takes on everyday tasks willingly – never as a chore.”
Hema, who is originally from Sri Lanka, was praised by the judges for her passion for her job, for being “instantly engaging and inspirational” and for showing that working with people in the “simplest of ways” could make “a massive impact on their quality of life”.
The judging panel also congratulated Hema for her work with an individual at the Chertsey Road service who had a phobia of dogs which meant going to the park or to public places could cause her acute anxiety.
Hema supported the woman gradually to overcome her fear that was having a negative impact on her life to the extent that she now looks forward to seeing her nephew’s dog when he visits at weekends.
More than 700 people from the learning disabilities and autism sector attended the award, hosted by the British Institute of Learning Disabilities and Care Talk magazine.