Cornwall social worker nominated for a prestigious award

A social worker from Cornwall has been shortlisted for a prestigious award in recognition of their outstanding work in supporting vulnerable adults.

Zachary Bishop, who works for Cornwall Council and is based in Bodmin, has been selected as a finalist for Newly Qualified Social Worker of the Year in the annual Social Worker of the Year Awards and will find out if he has won at a national awards ceremony which will take place in London in November.

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The awards are organised by The Social Work Awards charity, which aims to improve public awareness and understanding of social work by showing the positive impact of social workers in the wide range of roles they undertake. 

Zachary is one of six finalists in the Newly Qualified Adult Social Worker of the Year category and the winners from each category will compete against each other to be named the ‘Overall Social Worker of the Year 2019’.

Strategic Director of Adult Care and Support, Helen Charlesworth May said: “We’re very pleased to hear that Zachary has been shortlisted for this award. At Cornwall Council we make sure we provide opportunities for people to progress in their career, including providing opportunities for newly qualified social workers to gain experience in areas they find most interesting to help spark a lifelong passion for their chosen career.

“I’d like to say a massive well done to Zachary and wish him all the best at the awards ceremony at the end of the month”

Zachary Bishop said: “I was nominated by my manager and I was recognised around the development of a community map which is about pulling together a list of community resources to help other workers identify support available to individuals, as well as supporting the development of the Council’s Adult Risk Strategy which supports people who may be considered to be making choices that put them at risk.

“Cornwall is a great place to work and I’ve been really well supported in my role. I’ve been allowed to pursue work in areas that really interest me. I find my role really rewarding, being able to support people through hard times in their life, sometimes supporting them to make just small changes that in turn can make a big difference to their life.”

The Newly Qualified Adult Social Worker of the Year is sponsored by the British Association of Social Workers (BASW) and Maris Stratulis, National Director for BASW England, said: “This award recognises an individual who is just beginning their journey as a qualified social worker, but has already shown impressive potential. Congratulations to all those shortlisted; to have made such a difference to so many lives in the first year of practice is an admirable achievement.”

The Social Worker of the Year Awards are supported by Headline Sponsor Sanctuary Personnel; Corporate Partner the British Association of Social Workers (BASW) and individual category supporters Barnardo’s, UNISON, Servelec, Children’s Social Work Matters and Tees Valley Local Authority Child and Adult Services. The awards are also supported by the local authorities of Lambeth, Tower Hamlets, Sunderland, North Lincolnshire, Bradford, Devon, Kent, Sunderland, Hampshire and Essex.

More information can be found on the Social Work Awards website

Posted on 8 November