County Council Team Leader is award winner

dsl Published Wednesday, 16th November 2016

A Worcestershire County Council Team Leader has been honoured with an award from Kidderminster College.

The Resource Centre, as part of the County Council, has been supporting Kidderminster College students for many years, and on Monday 14 November, Team Leader Delina Summers-lathe collected the College award for Employer of the Year.

Delina said: "It was with great pride and privilege that I attended the Kidderminster College Award Ceremony and collected the award for Employer of the Year, in recognition of the team's joint effort in supporting our local college students.

"I am so proud, and what a fabulous way to show how effective partnership working can be."

Students attend the Resource Centre as part of their placements, and learn about the Centre and the work the team carries out to support people with learning disabilities and ever-changing complex needs.

Speaking of the mutually beneficial relationship, Delina said: "Working in partnership has tremendous value and as proof I have 2 former Kidderminster College students currently working as Support Workers on the team. Our Centre wouldn't be the same without the many students that we have in our Centre throughout the year, with their fantastic enthusiasm and questions.

"The students tend to arrive with wide eyes, not really knowing what to expect of us all and then hopefully leave us with some new skills, and knowledge of our service. They see the standards of care, and value base, that staff work within every day, and we learn so much from them. I strongly believe it's a system that works, not only for us but for the individuals who attend the Resource Centre."

Delina was presented with the Award and Certificate for Employer of the Year and an Amazon voucher worth £25, which she is going to use for the Centre's Christmas Activities for everybody to enjoy.

Cllr Sheila Blagg, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Adult Social Care said: "I am delighted that the Resource Centre team have been recognised with this award for their fantastic work. The partnership working with Kidderminster College is especially pleasing, as it gives students a valuable experience of work supporting people with learning disabilities and complex needs, while also enriching the service.

"Congratulations to Delina and her team on this wonderful achievement."