Former newsagent Steve could make the headlines

Steve with Sandra Uttley and Mark Briggs
Steve with Sandra Uttley and Mark Briggs

A care worker who supports adults with learning disabilities and complex needs has been shortlisted for a top industry award.

Former Todmorden newsagent Steve Cryer works at Hepdene House, Halifax Road, Hebden Bridge for Voyage Care, which provides support for people with learning disabilities.

He has been selected as a finalist in the Care Newcomer category of the 2013 Great Yorkshire and Humberside Care Awards which are designed to recognise excellence in the care sector and are part of the Great British Care Awards.

Voyage Care operations manager Keith Moran said: “This is a real achievement for Steve and we’re delighted that he has been shortlisted for this prestigious award.

“Despite only working in the care sector for just over 12 months, Steve has quickly earned the trust and respect of colleagues and the people he supports. Nothing is too much trouble and he’s always looking for ways to improve people’s quality of life. He is a real asset to Hepdene House and a worthy finalist.”

Steve decided to enter the care sector because he wanted to put something back into the community. He said: “I took this job because I wanted to make a difference and there’s nothing more rewarding than seeing smiles on the faces of the people we support.”

Winners will be announced at a gala dinner on November 8 at the National Railway Museum in York.