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Jodie’s caring skills secure award shortlisting

9 October 2018

A Mansfield woman who drew on her own experiences caring for her ill newborn son to work in a local care home has been shortlisted for a regional award.

Jodie at the judging day

Jodie Mayfield, a part-time support assistant at Sanctuary Supported Living’s (SSL) Corner House Residential Care Home, has been shortlisted for the Great British Care Awards’ Newcomer to Care award.

In May 2015, Jodie had started a care course at West Nottinghamshire College but was unable to complete it when she became pregnant with her son Cole. Tragically, Cole was born with a hypoplastic left heart and needed lots of personal care before he died in September that year.

When Jodie went to apply for the role of care and support worker at Corner House, which works with people with learning disabilities, in 2017, she drew on her experiences caring for Cole and convinced staff she had the compassion and dedication necessary for a career in care.

She was put forward for the Great British Care Awards by SSL’s local service manager at Corner House, Joanne Hardwick.

Jodie said: “I’m delighted with the shortlisting – and grateful to Jo for putting me forward for the nomination.

“I’m grateful for the trust she placed in taking me on, and has afforded me since, while I’ve developed my career in care here.”

Jo said: “Cole required such an intense level of care you would never hope to provide for someone close to you and this really brought out in Jodie the kind of skills essential to being a good carer.

“She’s done fantastically well in adapting to the working demands of a residential care home and we’re immensely proud of all she’s accomplished in just 12 months.

“We’re over the moon to hear she’s reached the finals of these awards and feel she fully deserves this recognition.”

Jodie will find out if she has secured the accolade at an awards evening in Nottingham on Thursday 8 November.

I’m delighted with the shortlisting – and grateful to Jo for putting me forward for the nomination.

Jodie Mayfield

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