'Outstanding' care home worker nominated for national award

PUBLISHED: 12:00 11 March 2017

Janette Neal is up for a national award

Janette Neal is up for a national award

Janette Neal

A Newham care worker has been shortlisted for a national gong recognising employees who give excellent care to their clients.

Janette Neal, who manages two Forest Gate centres for people with learning disabilities, has made the final three in the Care Home Worker of the Year category at this year’s Towergate Care Awards.

The 62-year-old was nominated by her bosses at Sahara Care for being an “outstanding” employee.

Her “vast” role involves overseeing staff and patients at next-door homes Sahara Lodge and Sahara Gardens in Earlham Grove as well as planning activities to help residents socialise and develop key skills.

One of Janette’s major contributions was helping to launch a day care centre in 2011 to meet the growing demands of the community hit hard by local service cuts.

“I feel very honoured,” she said of her nomination. “We are ensuring that people with learning disabilities are offered the same opportunities as everyone else.”

Janette, who has spent 10 years with Sahara Care but has 25 years’ experience in the care sector, says “seeing individuals grow” is one of the main motivators in her job.

Darren Turner of Sahara Care said: “Janette has boundless energy and has continuously led by example for many years.

“Her professionalism is outstanding and there is nothing she wouldn’t do to put the interest of her service users first. We are privileged to have her working for us.”

The glitzy ceremony at the Dorchester Hotel on March 23 will be hosted by TV presenter and actress Denise Van Outen, who will have just returned from her charity bike ride around India.

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