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Wiltshire Council social worker shortlisted for national award

Jade Painter has been shortlisted for the BBC Make a Difference Awards in the Key Worker category

Published 22 June 2022
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A Wiltshire Council social worker has spoken of her surprise and delight after being shortlisted for a national award for her work with families.

Jade Painter heard last week she has been shortlisted for the BBC Make a Difference Awards in the Key Worker category.

The awards are designed to celebrate people who are going above and beyond to make a difference where they live. People are nominated by those who have benefited from their support as a way to say "thank you" and show recognition and appreciation for people who love to make life better for others.

The Key Worker Award is "awarded to a key worker who has gone above and beyond their call of duty to help others."

Jade a newly qualified social worker at Wiltshire Council has been shortlisted alongside three other finalists within the key worker category.

While she hasn't been told who the family is who nominated her, she is grateful for their support and for them taking the time to put in the application.

Jade said: "It was so unexpected and I was really shocked. Once I'd processed it, it was really nice to know that what we do in our practice is recognised by families. When you do it every day you don't realise the impact you have on the families you're working with and the difference you make in their lives. It was really heart-warming. What I did for them has clearly made an impact on their lives. At moments like this, it just makes you realise how rewarding your job is."

Cllr Peter Hutton, Portfolio Holder for Safeguarding, said: "Congratulations to Jade on being nominated. What makes this particularly special is the nomination came from a family whose lives have been changed for the better by Jade's dedication and support. Our social workers work hard and make a difference without always realising the positive impact they have. This award shines a light on that great work and I would like to say congratulations to Jade and to all our social workers who provide valuable life-changing support to families every day."

The awards (opens new window) take place in September.

People who would like more information on social work (opens new window) at Wiltshire Council can visit our website.

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