A Denbighshire Social Care worker has received an award for making a positive difference to residents lives in the face of the challenges the Covid-19 pandemic created.

Katie Newe, service manager at Denbighshire County Council, is one of 12 care workers in Wales who have received the Care Stars Award.

Care Stars was created to highlight social care and early years workers who really made a positive difference to people’s lives during the pandemic.

Katie was nominated by Ann Lloyd, her Line Manager for the awards last month.

Ann said: “While leading a large service and supporting our independent partners, Katie also rolled her sleeves up and helped out wherever she was needed. She worked tirelessly in our own care homes, extra care housing and in homes in the independent sector that were at crisis point. It was nothing for her to work seven days per week and cover evening and night shifts if that was what it took to support our citizens and relieve staff who were exhausted and at breaking point.

“Katie was a tower of strength for her team, and her passion and commitment to the social care sector was second to none. She truly was an exceptional role model. I am convinced that her doggedness and determination throughout this pandemic protected many of our vulnerable older people in Denbighshire.”

‘Thrilled’ to be nominated and recognised as a Care Star, Katie said: “It has been a tough time for everyone and I have been able to do what I do because of the amazing support and guidance from Ann Lloyd, Phil Gilroy and Nicola Stubbins, who have all worked tirelessly to protect the most vulnerable citizens of Denbighshire.

“It goes without saying that each and every one of our Care staff are Care Stars too, they have gone into work each day despite their personal fears and the trauma’s they have faced, every day I am blown away by the dedication and commitment of Denbighshire’s carers.  Let’s hope the worst is now over and we can look forward to happier times.”

Cllr Bobby Feeley, the Council’s Lead Member for Well-being and Independence, said: “We are proud to see that Katie has received deserved recognition for her dedication to caring for, protecting and serving our communities during the coronavirus pandemic.

“She has been exceptional and I would also like to say a huge thank you to social care and frontline staff working for Denbighshire County Council who have gone above and beyond providing help and support to the most vulnerable across our communities.”