Croydon Care Assistant wins Major London Care Award!

Published: 24/11/2021

Bluebird Care Croydon employee Jane Howard wins the Putting People First Award!

Croydon Care Assistant wins Major London Care Award!

Bluebird Care Croydon employee Jane Howard was awarded the Putting People First Award at the London Care Awards on Friday 19th November 2021.

Bluebird Care Croydon also picked up another 5 finalist awards.

Bluebird Care Croydon were celebrating the winning of a main award along with five Finalist Awards at the Great British Care Awards - London Care Awards

The evening was held on Friday 19th November at the Hilton Bankside Hotel in London.

Jane was up against all home care companies in Greater London for this major care awards event.

Jane Howard was the WINNER of the Putting People First Award

Jane commented: “Can’t believe that I have won, and I am very proud to win this award. I become a care assistant to make a difference to the lives of older people in Croydon who are struggling and need support.  I am enjoying all aspects of being a care assistant and would recommend it as a great career. I enjoy my job immensely.”

Jane inspirited the judges with her dedication to deliver an individual, personalised support experience to each of her clients every day. Her passion, empathy and motivation to make a difference, whilst remembering it is the little things that mean the most to us all made Jane shine as the winner of this award.

Jane had double success as she was also a finalist for the Care Newcomer of the Year award

Other Bluebird Care Croydon finalists awards collected included:

  • Carina Redwood & Cristal Owusu-Lane - finalist Home Care Worker of the Year
  • Melanie Carrelo – Dignity in Care Award and Seonaid Blackwood – Frontline Leaders Award

We are absolutely thrilled that against tough competition we have again won awards at this major care awards event. These awards are great news and I am so pleased for our staff members, it goes to show that there are some great examples of quality home care in the Borough of Croydon,” comments Dean Slade, Director of Bluebird Care Croydon.

The Great London Care Awards are part of the Great British Care Awards which celebrate excellence across the social care sector. The awards are part of the Great British Care Awards, a series of 9 regional awards celebrating excellence across the care sector.  The purpose of the awards is to promote best practice within both home care and care homes sectors, and pay tribute to those individuals who have demonstrated outstanding excellence within their field of work.

Sector support includes Care England, The Department of Health, Alzheimer’s Society, The National Care Forum and The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) as well as local authorities and commercial organisations.

Bluebird Care are currently looking for 30 new care workers to join this successful team.

Bluebird Care was set up in Croydon in May 2010 by local Croydon resident, Dean Slade. Dean who previously worked at Croydon’s University Hospital witnessed first-hand the lack of high quality flexible care in the home services and wanted to give something back to his local community. In little more than 6 years the Croydon office of Bluebird Care is now providing over 50,000 care visits a year. They employ over 70 local care staff which has provided a great number of new jobs to the Croydon area.

Bluebird Care is a national provider of home and live in care, specialising in working with customers who live with dementia, physical disabilities and many other acute and chronic conditions. Bluebird Care work alongside their customers’ families, social services and the NHS to ensure each person receives the care they need.

Bluebird Care offers a unique service of tailored care visits which range from anything from 30 minutes to full live-in support. As well as personal care they also help with meal preparation, welfare checks, shopping, social trips, visits to the hospital and provide extra support for post-discharge customers.

For more details about Bluebird Care Croydon call 020 8686 9496, email or visit their website at

PHOTO: Winner Jane Howard with finalists Seonaid Blackwood, Carina Redwood and Melanie Carrelo