Going the extra mile
Islington care workers who go the extra mile to look after some of Islington’s most vulnerable residents have been recognised for their outstanding work at the council’s annual Dignity in Care Awards.
Junior Cofarrier, from London Care and Hibo Farah, from Mayfair Homecare, both won the Domiciliary Care category. Sue Raghip, from St Anne’s, won the Residential and Nursing Care Category. Regina Lieber and Rooksanoh Karuntalle, from Notting Hill Housing Group, both won the Extra Care category. And Myra Smyth received a Special Commendation in the Shared Lives category.
Many nominations came from service users themselves, who had strong words of praise for their carers.
One service user said: “Everything said and done by this carer (Hibo Farah) is done respectfully, and with kindness and understanding. This carer is very friendly, and however bad I have been feeling physically she always puts a smile on my face and makes me feel better because she is always cheerful.”
Another service user said her nominee (Rooksanoh Karuntalle) “treats me with respect because she understands this is my home. She will sit down and talk with me, help me to write letters to my family, make phone calls, and go to any length to help me with anything I want.”
Ms Farah said: “I was amazed when they said I had won, because there are so many other care workers all doing such a fantastic job.
“I love what I do, and my manager is really supportive, but it can be hard at times. Caring for vulnerable people is a big responsibility, so to get recognition for it is really special.
“The best thing about my job is the people I care for, so I’m really thankful that they thought about nominating me.”
Now in their seventh year, the awards aim to promote and recognise the very best in care and support provided by care workers in the borough. This year’s awards, were held on 1 February at Islington Town Hall, to coincide with Dignity Action Day, a national campaign which aims to put dignity and respect at the heart of care services.