National award for Satash team

A SMALL community care project in Thurrock has won national recognition for its innovative and successful work.

Satash Community Care based in Mollands Lane, South Ockendon, is a privately run residential care home providing services for eight adults with learning difficulties.

On Thursday (25 November) night at the Dorchester Hotel in London, it picked up the Skills for Care Accolades’ Best Employer of under 250 staff.

At the same event, Thurrock Council’s own Certificate in Therapeutic Foster Care Partnership was nominated for the Most Effective Practice in Workforce development Across Partner Agency award.

Cllr Tony Fish, Thurrock Council’s portfolio holder for Adult Social Care, said of Satash’s triumph: “I’d like to congratulate everyone involved in the Satash bid. They work incredibly hard for Thurrock people and with Thurrock Council and did brilliantly to get their point across to the judges.”

As well as involving all staff and service-users in every aspect of their work, Satash also works closely with local colleges and job centres to support college leavers to enter social care and takes up funding and training provided by Thurrock Council.”

Their entry stated: “The employers’ passion is evident in a number of ways. One of the most striking examples is Satash has a waiting list of staff to join their workforce , a very low staff turnover and a 0.5 per cent sickness absence record.”

Letchmi Loganathan, the registered manager at Satash added: “We are so proud to have an excellent workforce who keep abreast of the latest developments in social care and work in a person centred way with our service users.

“Our staff team are very passionate and committed to support the service users to achieve an independent and meaningful lifestyle. Our staff team is extremely proud to work for Satash.

“We would also like to thank Thurrock Council’s Training Department for nominating them for this award and working in partnership with them. It is through this partnership we have acquired the skilful workforce we have to deliver excellent services for our service users.”

Cllr Charlie Curtis, the council’s portfolio holder for Children’s Care, added: “I am extremely proud of the success of the Therapeutic Foster Care team. Simply being nominated is a show of confidence and being one of the finalist nominees shows that confidence is well founded. Well done to them all.”

He added: “I would also like to pass my congratulations on to Letchmi and the Satash team, neighbours and friends of mine.”

Letchmi Loganathan added: “We are delighted to receive the winners award for the Accolades for the Best Employer of under 250 staff which was held at the Dorchester Hotel in Park Lane London on Thursday 25th Nov 10.

“It was a very busy and exciting evening with lots of dedicated people from the social care field who were all there to celebrate their achievements as finalists. Although not all staff could be present on the night we were kept busy by replying to text messages from Egypt and Africa as staff wanted to be kept informed of the events of the evening.

“The vibrations and celebrations were ecstatic. We were the first category of finalist to be announced and it was amazing and a real sense of achievement when we were announced as winners of our category. This award is indeed so true to the “OSCARS OF SOCIAL CARE” and a real achievement and dedication of all our staff team and workforce.”

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