All the finalists who attended the Suffolk Care Awards 2017 held at Trinity Park exemplified the high quality, life-changing support delivered by hundreds of care teams across the county.
There were 10 award winners in total. We asked some of them what winning meant to them and how they felt about it:
Sandie Oxborrow, Registered Manager, Baylham Care Centre, winner of three awards.
“We were absolutely thrilled and delighted to have reached the finals of the Suffolk Care Awards . To hear Baylham Care Centre read out, not once, but three times was amazing - winning awards for Culture, Creativity and Activities, Innovative Approaches to Services for Dementia, and Student Placement / Apprenticeship .
"One member of the team from each department attended the celebration, and we were completely surprised, overwhelmed and delighted.
"We are extremely proud of the whole team’s commitment and in being supported by the organisation to be able to really make a difference to everyone’s happiness and quality of life. ”
Alexandra Keenan, Support Worker, Special Recognition Award.
"When I was told that I was put forward for the Special Recognition Award, I was taken aback. The way that I looked at things is very practical - the basics of the job, get to know the person that I'm going to look after, likes and dislikes, and how to make improvements for them, and to do it slowly due to their learning difficulties (we are all the same, change can be difficult).
Ed Abbott and Marta Zych from Leading Lives, Stowmarket, which won the Promoting Dignity and Respect in Everyday Life Award.
The team at Leading Lives, Stowmarket, supported a service user with learning disabilities to move from a residential care setting, where he had lived for 20 years, into a bungalow.
The team advocated on his behalf for rehousing and made sure the new accommodation met his needs and was decorated in a way which was to his liking, giving the service user independence, choice and control.
Ed Abbott said: "With the help of his very capable team at Leading Lives, we helped him find his forever home where he could make it his own environment, with his own garden and everything he likes.
"Winning the award was amazing. It was a lovely reward for recognising the value of work that people like me do."
Seckford Foundation, End of Life Care Award winner.
Sarah Kopferschmitt said: "It's a fantastic Award and the team are so proud to have got it.
"There's a great deal of care going on in this fabulous county.
"There were so many heart-warming examples of great care that need to be celebrated."
Judges said the Seckford Foundation demonstrated a holistic approach to end of life care which recognised the difference between planning and the final days of life.
Suffolk Care Awards 2017 winners.
Winners of the 2017 Suffolk Care Awards