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Nominees and winners - Dignity Awards 2018

Nominees and winners 2018 

The Awards celebrate outstanding examples of how dignity and respect are demonstrated across Buckinghamshire. We shortlisted individuals, teams and organisations that went above and beyond to support people in a way that promotes dignity, respect and wellbeing. 

Our Dignity Winners:

Category - Community Engagement

Adedayo Olowosale  Director of Nigerian Community Organisation Aylesbury


Category - Learning

Kelly Rand  Kent House, part of The Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust


Category- Dignity Champion

Karen Sutherland  Prime Care, Buckinghamshire


Category – Sustainability

The Team  Hightown Housing Association, Cressex Road and Ashley Drive


Shortlisted candidates:

Community Engagement

  • Adedayo Olowosale- Director of Nigerian Community Organisation Aylesbury

Adedayo was nominated by his wife for his total commitment to his community work. Adedayo is known for his accomplishments in strengthening community integration and building confidence in people. Examples like visiting Nigerian stroke patients at Stoke Mandeville Hospital that are not from Buckinghamshire and making them feel less isolated. Other work includes Adedayo working in collaboration with Alzheimer’s association facilitating dementia awareness to members of the Nigerian Community Association.

    • Helen Cavill- Street Associations

Helen was nominated by Chris as someone who turns an idea into reality. Helen’s immense energy and commitment to make Street Associations work has meant working over and above the job description by canvassing and promoting the initiative in all weathers and often late into the night. Such is the impact of the project under Helen’s leadership, a fourth Street Association is due to launch.


  • Julie Fenwick- Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust Wycombe

Julie was nominated by her manager Karen for her continuous passion for learning for both herself and her staff. Julie promotes her vision of supporting patients by ensuring dignity is a key objective within the team. Julie is known for her ability to coach her team to become the best they can be and is a highly respected role model for continuous learning and development.

  • Kelly Rand- Kent House, part of The Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust

Kelly was nominated by her manager Jo as someone who, despite having dyslexia and lacking direction in her life, overcame this by embracing the opportunity to work at Kent House with people living with a brain injury. Kelly used this experience to take on the care certificate which increased her confidence and led to her accepting the responsibility of being a key worker to one of the residents. This has led to both the resident and Kelly becoming confident and improving their quality of life through learning and engagement. 

Dignity champion

  • Rachel Elton- Jones- Manager at Culwood House Care Home

Rachel was nominated by Anne (a residents daughter) for her drive to empower the residents to have a voice in the running of the home by attending monthly meetings and being part of the decision making around menus and activities. Rachel has also refurbished the summer house to act as a spare room for the relatives if they wish to stay – just like you would do at home!

  • Karen Sutherland- Prime care, Buckinghamshire

Karen was nominated by Elsie who is 94 years young for her understanding, making her feel secure and safe and taking time for the things that make a difference.  Elsie says that Karen always arrives with a smile on her face and says “you only have to ask and it will be done”  like feeding the birds in the back garden for Elsie and taking pictures of them as Elsie is no longer able to go out.


  • The Team- Hightown Housing Association Cressex Road and Ashley Drive

Both services were nominated by Rebecca for their continual work to improve and maintain the care of their residents. For their determination to question things and not accept it “just because it is”, for example, by the manger undertaking specialist training to better understand a residents condition which led to changing things and improving their quality of life. By working with families and empowering staff to look for solutions to enable residents to stay in their home where they are happy.

  • John Burns- Kent House, part of The Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust

John was nominated by his manager Jo for his relentless support to many residents. John’s impact was particularly recognised for his commitment and dedication with one resident where he helped transform him from someone who had 8 failed placements, who failed to engage with staff and other residents to someone who became a pleasant and happy individual. This has led to the resident engaging with staff and most importantly his family.

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