Ap­pren­tice in run­ning for care award

Kent Messenger Maidstone - - FRONT PAGE -

A care ap­pren­tice has been short­listed for a na­tional in­dus­try award.

Sul­li­van El­liott, who works at Maid­stone’s Ash­ley Gar­dens Care Cen­tre, has been an­nounced as a fi­nal­ist in the Best Care Ap­pren­tice cat­e­gory of the Na­tional Care Awards.

The 21-year-old joined the home, in Sut­ton Road, in Jan­uary 2016 as an ap­pren­tice after he was in­tro­duced to the team by the Scope Pro­gramme, sup­ported by Kent Sup­ported Em­ploy­ment. He is now a per­ma­nent team mem­ber and spends time with peo­ple, read­ing with them, chat­ting to them, and lis­ten­ing to mu­sic.

Jo Mazza, home man­ager, said: “We are de­lighted Sul­li­van is be­ing recog­nised in this way. He be­gan his time here as a shy young man, lack­ing in con­fi­dence and self­be­lief, but he has de­vel­oped into a real spe­cial­ist in his field and a core part of our team.”

The win­ners will be an­nounced at a cer­e­mony in London in Novem­ber.

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