Social worker highly commended in national awards

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Local social worker Sharon Fry has been highly commended at a national award ceremony.

The SASW Social Work Awards are an annual event and are designed to recognise and reward good practice across Scotland. They decided to hold the Awards Event on March 15 which is World Social Work Day which is held each year in order to celebrate how social work can help people across the world.

There are three categories for the awards:

Social Worker of the year

Residential Care Worker of the year

Student Social Worker of the year

Three key people are asked to nominate people for these awards. One has to be a manager, one a service user and someone who the student has worked with to help achieve change on their lives, and one other person who could be a colleague, carer or friend. These three people are the experts who see how success in social work services happen.

The winners of each category receive a weekend break in Europe, a trophy and a year’s free membership of SASW. Sharon Fry was a student on the studentship programme with Dumfries and Galloway and graduated this year. She was nominated in the student of the year category for her work during her final placement with Homestart Wigtownshire. It was a pioneering placement and Sharon excelled in her work with vulnerable families in the voluntary sector.

To support her on the night were two workers from Homestart, a service user she had helped, her practice teacher, a colleague, the senior practice learning manager, and John Alexander. This amazing support shows how highly everyone thinks of Sharon and her achievements.

Sharon was highly commended in her category.

Chair of Social Work Services Committee, Councillor John Dougan, said: “Sharon brought many positive skills and ideas to the group she worked with. Following her success our council’s social work services now have another student placed with Homestart.”