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06.02.23 – Staffordshire Dignity in Care Awards, Stronger Together Through Winter campaign

Written by on 5 February 2023

People from Staffordshire are being invited to nominate carers, work colleagues, friends & family members for a special award.  The ‘Staffordshire Dignity in Care Awards’, now in it’s ninth year, has launched for 2023,

The countywide awards are open to anyone who works in the adult care sector – care companies as well as informal carers.  Award categories will recognise those who go above and beyond the usual high standards, placing dignity at the centre of what they do every day.

Julia Jessel, Cabinet Member for Health and Care at Staffordshire County Council said: “The Staffordshire Dignity in Care Awards give us a great opportunity to celebrate and thank the thousands of carers who do a wonderful job, always going that extra mile for the people they look after.  If you know a brilliant individual carer, then please nominate them.  Also, if you know of a care company or organisation who provide high-quality services that make a real difference then please get them nominated too.

This year’s awards ceremony will take place on the 18th July at Newcastle College, Performing Arts Centre.

Nominating someone for an award is quick and easy and can be done online at Nomination 2023.  People having difficulty making the nomination online can contact the Staffordshire County Council’s Care Market Development Team by emailing or by calling 01785 355 795.


Families across Stoke-on-Trent are again set to be given food vouchers, after the city council moved to provide extra support during the school holidays.  Stoke-on-Trent City Council is making the support available to families who receive free school meals, and will see £20 vouchers given out for the February half-term.

It’s part of the Stronger Together Through Winter campaign which is seeing the council work hand-in-hand with other public services and the voluntary and community sector to provide targeted support to vulnerable people, households and individuals.

Families do not need to apply for a voucher if their child is at a school in the city – schools will issue the vouchers directly for children who are eligible to receive them. Families should contact their school if they haven’t received a voucher by the start of half-term.

Families with a child in receipt of an EHCP who attends a school outside Stoke-on-Trent or who is educated at home, are asked to check the council’s website to see if they are eligible for a voucher. If they are, they can also apply online via or calling 01782 234234.

The scheme is funded by the Department for Work and Pensions in order to help families access food and essential supplies. The vouchers can be redeemed at supermarkets such as Aldi, Asda, Iceland, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Waitrose.

For more information about support available through the Stronger Together Through Winter campaign, visit