Passionate Rugby social worker selected as finalist for top award

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A RUGBY social worker has been selected as finalist in the Social Worker of the Year Awards as a result of her outstanding work with older people and adults with disabilities.

Dee Burdett who works in Rugby has been shortlisted for the Adult Services Team Leader Award in the Social Worker of the Year Awards 2012.

Dee will be joined by another Warwickshire County Council employee, Pauline Archer from Stratford, who has reached the final in the Adult Services Social Worker category.

They will find out if they have won at a national ceremony taking place at the Palace of Westminster on 30 November.

The winners from each category will compete against each other to be named the overall “Social Worker of the Year 2012.”

Wendy Fabbro Strategic Director of the People Group at Warwickshire County Council met Dee to wish her luck for the finalists’ ceremony.

Wendy Fabbro said: “Dee is passionate about her work, supporting and valuing older people and people with physical disabilities. As a team leader, Dee has inspired and encouraged many members of staff to go into the social work profession.”

Dee will join 39 other finalists in fourteen individual categories at the awards at the House of Commons. The awards’ high-profile judging panel will also be there to answer questions and debate social work issues with the finalists and guests.

On reaching the final in the Adult Services Team Leader category, Dee said: “As a social worker I already feel privileged to be in the role, working with our customers on their journey and supporting staff to develop. I am really looking forward to the event which is about celebrating social work and sharing ideas.”

James Rook, managing director of headline sponsors and awards organisers Sanctuary Personnel added: “These awards are about recognising the best work in the profession and to reach the finals is an outstanding achievement in itself. The awards aim to raise awareness of the challenging and diverse work that social workers do and they are helping to improve the reputation of social workers everywhere.”

The Social Worker of the Year Awards 2012 is a registered charity which aims to improve the reputation and understanding of the social work profession. For more information see www.socialworkawards.com.