Catalyst’s Supported Housing team has received an Outstanding Achievement Award at the Hertfordshire Care Awards for their work during the pandemic.

Organised by the Hertfordshire Care Providers Association (HCPA), the Hertfordshire Care Awards celebrate and reward the successes of care and support professionals in the county.

Catalyst’s Supported Housing team works across Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire to provide homes and support to people experiencing mental ill-health, and those with physical or learning disabilities.

The dedicated team of 30 works in partnership with councils and other organisations and currently supports over 600 people to live independent and fulfilling lives in homes that meet their needs.

The Outstanding Achievement Award recognises how quickly and diligently the team has adapted to this year’s restrictions and continue to provide a high standard of support to residents. This includes giving residents advice and reassurance through the pandemic, arranging food bank deliveries, prescriptions and medication, and helping residents keep in touch with their support network through virtual meetings.

Kirsty Pepper, Catalyst’s Managing Director (Counties) said,

‘This award recognises the fantastic work of our Supported Housing team, and the tireless and resourceful commitment and particular kindness they’ve shown to residents during the challenges of Covid-19.

‘I’m extremely proud of every member of the team – they really have gone above and beyond to keep our residents safe and their spirits high through lockdown. One touching example is how one team member provided residents with quiz sheets, word searches, puzzles, jigsaws and books, all provided new, sanitised and delivered at a distance, to help brighten our residents’ days.’

Sharon Davies, Chief Executive of the HCPA said,

‘At a time when our care and support providers have been stretched and tested to their very limits, we felt it was more important than ever to celebrate and reward all of the excellent work they and their teams have been implementing across the county. The Hertfordshire Care Awards go some way to recognising their achievements. They also enable us and our partners to show our appreciation for all of the sacrifice and hard work that they have made throughout 2020.’

About HCPA

HCPA are a not-for-profit organisation that helps adult care and support providers in Hertfordshire raise their standards of quality by offering fully funded training, network events and study days, funding for adult social care training courses and qualifications for their members on behalf of the government, the local authority, the NHS, and other funding agencies.

HCPA also works closely with their partners at Hertfordshire County Council, the Care Quality Commission, Clinical Commissioning Groups, Skills for Care and other public bodies, to help make positive changes in the Hertfordshire adult social care sector.