Walsall Council is celebrating the news that it has two finalists in the prestigious Municipal Journal Awards 2021.
Zara Khan, apprentice Positive Action Officer in Walsall for All, has been short-listed in the Rising Star category and the Integrated Care Partnership (ICP), otherwise known as Walsall Together, has been short-listed in the Care and Health Integration category.
Councillor Garry Perry, Deputy Leader, Resilient Communities, said:
“I know Zara well through work she’s been involved with in my portfolio and all that she has achieved, while still only in her early twenties, does indeed make her a Rising Star.
“She applied for an apprenticeship because she wanted to get real, on the job experience, study towards a recognised qualification whilst earning a salary and have the opportunity to work on real projects that have a positive impact and this is exactly what she has achieved.”
“Zara was the Chair of Youth of Walsall, helping attract funding to support campaigns around issues that affect young people such as knife crime, drugs and alcohol. She is also involved with the British Youth Council which empowers young people aged 11 to 25. She is part of the Trustee Board — the only charity with a board comprised only of young people. As a senior trustee, she gets involved with a variety of projects.
“Well done on all you’ve achieved to date Zara — I’m sure we’ll be hearing lots more about you in the future.”
Councillor Rose Martin, Portfolio Holder for Adult Social Care said:
“Many of us may not be familiar with the Integrated Care Partnership — Walsall Together — unless we’ve come into contact with team members because of our family members needs or circumstances.
“I’m very proud of what the partnership has achieved in supporting care homes and protecting our most vulnerable residents throughout the pandemic and am really pleased that our collective efforts have been recognised by the judging panel.
“It was immediately clear that elderly residents in care homes were at huge risk and within a week, Walsall Together devised a nationally praised Enhanced Quality in Care Offer to work alongside the case management team. This co-ordinated solution delivered immediate benefits including operational support to care homes struggling with the many challenges of COVID-19.
“I know that the care homes have really appreciated this new way of working, which helps ensure people in residential care have the best quality of life possible.”
Daren Fradgley, Deputy Chief Executive Officer for Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust and Director of Integration for Walsall Together Partnership, said:
“We are absolutely delighted to be finalists in this year’s MJ awards for our proactive partnership approach to dealing with the huge challenges our residential and care homes faced during the pandemic. The speed at which we were able to develop a local tracker, collecting data so we could understand where support was needed, and pull together a multi-agency team to deliver this support in care homes struggling with the challenges of COVID, is testament to the strength of the partnership. A big thank you to everyone involved and fingers crossed we make it all the way.”
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