Council worker and school improvement equalities team win awards

Date published: 09 July 2019

An apprentice outreach development worker at Rochdale Borough Council and the school improvement equalities team won awards at The Greater Manchester Health and Care Champion Awards 2019 which took place on Thursday 4 July at Manchester’s Museum of Science & Industry.

Chloe Johnson was recognised as a Rising Star after bringing her personal experience of being a care leaver into the work she does in her role at Rochdale Borough Council.

Chloe supports a weekly adult care drop-in service for vulnerable adults and assists clients with issues such as being unemployed, having low skills or suffering from substance abuse.

The Rising Star Award recognises someone who is new to their role and already demonstrating real potential to go far. They’re not afraid to bring positive challenge to how their team or service works and are committed to their own personal development as well as improving health and care in Greater Manchester.

This award was sponsored by the Workforce Collaborative at Greater Manchester Health & Social Care Partnership.

The Inclusion Champion award winner was the School Improvement Equalities Team from Rochdale Borough Council. This team regularly collaborate with a rage of partners including schools, the M6 Theatre Company and Cartwheel Arts, to name a few.


The Inclusion Champion award winner - School Improvement Equalities Team from Rochdale Borough Council
The Inclusion Champion award winners - The School Improvement Equalities Team from Rochdale Borough Council


Together they have worked with children and families from ethnic minority groups, those seeking asylum, those whose children have English as a second language and people from traveller communities.

This award recognises individuals and teams whose dedication to equality, diversity and inclusion is at the heart of their day to day work.

They understand the importance of developing diverse talent and have created a culture where everyone feels they have a voice.

The projects they run with these families encourage communication, reduce levels of anxiety, boost confidence and improve communities. This has enabled them to support hundreds of children into school.

This award was sponsored by Hempsons, a Manchester-based health and social care lawyer.

Nearly 250 guests heard about the tremendous work of over 30 shortlisted candidates who every day make a huge difference and impact on the organisations they work for, the people they work with and the patients they serve.

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