Commons honour for social worker

Faye Wilson (centre) with chief social worker Lyn Romeo, and Michelle Smith from The College of Social Work.
Faye Wilson (centre) with chief social worker Lyn Romeo, and Michelle Smith from The College of Social Work.
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An outstanding social worker from Northumberland, who won a top prize at the Social Worker of the Year Awards, has celebrated her success at the House of Commons.

Faye Wilson won the Outstanding Contribution to Social Work Award, sponsored by the College of Social Work, for her contribution to mental health social work at the prestigious national awards ceremony in November, and was invited to the House of Commons event to help officially launch the 2015 awards.

Faye said: “Winning the award back in November and then being invited to the House of Commons has been a wonderful experience.

“It’s so important to represent the social work profession and for the voice of the profession to be heard.

“It is important to celebrate what social work does across the country, which is taking service users on a journey and helping make a difference to their lives.”

Faye has over 40 years’ experience working in mental health social work as both a practitioner and manager.

She has been instrumental in helping to influence government policy but has also remained at the forefront of practice, dedicated to the needs of service users.

Chief social worker Lyn Romeo said: “It’s wonderful to be able to celebrate social work in the House of Commons.

“As a profession, we are quite humble and don’t like to shout about the good work that we do.

“However, we must take credit for our achievements – it’s important for ourselves, the people that we work with and the profession as a whole.”

Michelle Smith, head of member services and external affairs, said: “Faye was an extremely worthy winner and deserves all the recognition she has received.”

Visit www.socialworkawards.com for details of this year’s awards.