On February 14th the Company hosted a lunch for Students and Lecturers from the City and Guilds College who had been awarded prizes in the annual Tallow Chandlers awards scheme for those involved in the Health and Social Care sector – either as teachers or students.
There were six winners this year – five were actively involved in the care of children, the elderly or the disabled and one was from the Community Justice sector.
The winners were selected by a team of Tallow Chandlers assessors from the many candidates submitted for their consideration by City and Guilds College. As ever, the selection was made extremely difficult because of the many excellent candidates presented for our consideration.
We looked for candidates who had gone beyond strict the parameters of their course and had “gone the extra mile”. A typical example can be seen from one of our winners who, without exaggeration, has turned his life around from misuse of drugs and alcohol combined with years of homelessness, imprisonment and alienation from his family.
He now has a full time job with a health and social care charity that works with individuals affected by drugs, alcohol, crime and homelessness. He is now going on to study for a Diploma in Health and Social Care.
All the winners were accompanied by friends and family to enjoy their big day – prize giving, followed by lunch in the hall with members of the Company as their hosts. The prizes were presented by our guest of honour, Dr Neslyn Watson-Druee, CBE, FRCN FCGI, who also responded to the Master’s speech of welcome to all our guests.