Caring Katie’s pat on the back for fun at home

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A CARE HOME worker picked up an award for Activities Organiser of the Year just 18 months after she started the job with no experience at all.

Hertfordshire Care Providers honoured Katie Beaver, who works at The Robin Hood House care home in Little Gaddesden, at its gala evening at Sopwell House in St Albans.

Since taking on the role in January 2010, the 21-year-old has developed activities that have attracted positive comments not only from residents and families but also from Care Quality Commission inspectors.

She started her job with an enthusiasm to learn and work with older people and has since gained a number of care qualifications.

She said: “I organise everything from trips to computer sessions, ironing and washing up anything that will help our clients to live their lives as ordinarily as possible.

“You know you are making a difference to someone’s life when they can take part in those activities. I’m over the moon, I really wasn’t expecting to win.”

Katie, pictured above, helped to set up the Simply Unite project to help residents at the home use Skype and email to keep in contact with loved ones overseas.

The gala evening was attended by 300 people from the Hertfordshire care industry and public relations guru Max Clifford was invited as a special guest.

In his speech he said: “You’re the type of people who want to make things as good as possible, for as long as possible, for the people you take care of. It’s a tremendous pleasure to watch people get recognition for their dedication and be rewarded for doing great things.”