City leaders unite to thank Portsmouth's social care practitioners
City leaders from adults and children's social care at Portsmouth City Council have come together to celebrate the career milestones of staff at a special event.
Newly qualified social workers who have completed their first year in employment alongside practitioners who have worked at the council for many years, have received an award at the event.
Adults and children's social care team members celebrating their achievements
Councillor Suzy Horton, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Children, Families and Education at Portsmouth City Council said: "January is a good time to reflect on our successes. Practitioners who are just starting their social work careers as well as those who are being recognised for long service were able to join colleagues and celebrate their achievements together.
"The event also gave us a chance to thank everyone for their efforts to support children, young people and families in our community."
Senior team members and councillors shared words of thanks as attendees enjoyed a series of refreshments.
Councillor Matthew Winnington, Cabinet Member for Community, Health and Care at Portsmouth City Council said:
"It is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate these important career milestones across social care. Each milestone showcases an individual or team who has gone above and beyond in different ways. I would like to congratulate everyone for their incredible efforts."
For those leaving university this academic year, Portsmouth City Council will be opening applications for their assessed and supported year in employment programme (ASYE) in children's social care on Thursday 1 February.
The employment programme provides hands-on training in a professional environment.
(Left to right) Stephanie daraz and Dani Martin who have recently completed their first year in employment as social workers
Dani Martin, who completed the ASYE programme at Portsmouth City Council and attended the celebration event said: "It was a lovely experience to see colleagues as as we don't often take time out to recognise what we've achieved.
"The ASYE programme has been excellent, putting into action what I learnt on my university course. For those who want a supportive environment where you can grow, Portsmouth is a great place to practice."
For more information on Portsmouth City Council's assessed and supported year in employment programme, please visit www.strongerfutures.co.uk/ASYE.