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Great British Care Award success for Precious Homes

11 Dec 2019

During October and November 2019, the regional finals of the Great British Care Awards shone a light on some of the previously unsung heroes of the care industry.

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The Care Home Activity Organiser Award went to our very own Bernie at Treow House, in recognition of her passion and commitment to providing an engaging and enjoyable programme of activities for everyone at Treow.

The Unpaid Carer award went to Vasi Palimaru in the Business Development team, for his unpaid work at Treow House in Houghton Regis and the Workplace Development Award went to Nicola Stapleton-Tully for her dedication to ensuring that all of the Precious Homes team are offered high-quality training opportunities.

Finally, the Outstanding Achievement Award went to our CEO Greg Lapham, in recognition of the impact he has had on the lives of so many people at Precious Homes.

Care Home Activity Organiser Award


As one of the people supported at Treow, Bernie’s role as activities coordinator offers therapeutic benefits for both Bernie and those that she lives alongside. Before moving to Treow, Bernie herself had been a carer; first for her own parents and then, realising that she had a talent for supporting others, as a support worker for people with dementia and in end-of-life care. Two years ago, following a particularly challenging period in her own life, Bernie’s mental health issues impacted her ability to fulfil the role of carer, resulting in a move into the supported living service at Treow House.

Shortly after her arrival at the service, Bernie took it upon herself to start an activities committee, using the space to organise and deliver an events programme, which she continues to run in collaboration with her peers and the Precious Homes support team.

Inclusive activities for all

Bernie began her role by planning for the local carnival; attending meetings with the council, researching and making costumes by hand and contacting local businesses asking for donations towards raffle and tombola prizes. Bernie would often stay up into the early hours doing research or making costumes, working hard to ensure that every person was involved in a way that reflected their individual needs.

Since then, Bernie’s passion for the role has grown, seeing her organising days out, craft sessions, cake sales and parties, through to Christmas Bazaars, visits from therapy animals and even a Treow House black-tie awards ceremony, during which every member of the “Treow family” scooped an award!

Jo Rodell, Manager at Treow, explains:

“Over the last 18 months, Bernie has benefitted hugely from the sense of purpose and focus that the role provides. It offers her a way to cope with her own anxiety – a strategy which takes her mind off things which may otherwise impact on her mental health. As a result, Bernie has developed into someone who is more able to access the community on a regular basis and her confidence has grown hugely.”

Support from the team

While she remains at the heart of the project, Bernie is closely supported by the staff team at Precious Homes, who step in to support wherever required, ensure safeguarding on trips and during activities and help to facilitate wherever possible. Friends and family are also always on standby to help, ensuring that Bernie and her peers benefit from this form of therapy without risking overwhelming her with the responsibility.

Jo continues:

There’s a fine balance, but the Precious Homes team has seen such changes in Bernie. This award-winning has brought home to her that she fulfils an incredibly special role in life at Treow house. The benefits to her and the people supported at Treow speak for themselves. As the team at Treow often say, “everyone needs
a Bernie”!”

Vasi Palimaru
Unpaid Carer Award

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As an integral part of the business development team, Vasi’s current role focuses on working with families and professionals to find placements for the people that we support up and down the country. Before joining the business development team, Vasi was a support worker at Teow House. Despite his full time role at our London head office keeping him very busy, Vasi freely volunteers his time to help those who live at Treow House. His dedication to helping others in his own time saw him win the Unpaid Carer Award at the London Great British Care Award finals.

Greg Lapham, CEO explains:

“Vasi’s passion for making a difference in people’s lives is evident from that way he speaks, the extra mile he will go to, and the thought and dedication he has for how best to support people. Despite moving to a position in our central support team, Vasi volunteers his own time to visit the service to help support those who live there and help any new staff get a better understanding of some of those people that he used to support.”

Despite being asked to join the team on the night, Vasi thought he was just there to represent Precious Homes. When his name was announced, he had no idea that he had even been nominated!

Huge congratulations Vasi, on a well-deserved win!

Greg Lapham
Outstanding Contribution Award


Massive congratulations also go to our very own CEO, Greg Lapham, who scooped an Outstanding Contribution Award at the Great British Care Awards finals. Greg joined the company as COO just over five years ago. He has been instrumental in developing innovative forward-thinking and award-winning services, before taking on the role of CEO in 2019.

Greg ensures that the services that Precious Homes provide and develop go above and beyond to fit the specific needs of the people we support. In recent years, the company has won several Pinders Design awards; but very few people know that Greg designs these services himself!

As the nomination form explains, “Greg absolutely knows how services should look and work. He uses his wealth of experience and knowledge within the care sector to develop safe responsive effective and well led services. He truly values his staff at all levels and goes that extra mile to ensure everyone feels part of the team. Most of the staff and service users know Greg because he visits all of our services and wants to make sure that we are providing quality services.”

“He is extremely supportive and listens to all staff and service users and has a strong passion to make peoples’ lives better by making a positive difference. Greg has grown Precious Homes from a dozen services in 2014 to nearly 40 services today. Lots of leaders talk, but Greg absolutely delivers.”

Becki Davis-Coxell, COO explains:

“Greg is very positive and forward-thinking and this attitude radiates across our teams. He takes a very hands-on and supportive approach and is visible within the operational team; regularly visiting services, getting to know and understand the needs of the people being supported and proactively encouraging our team members to strive for excellence in their day to day work. We’re absolutely thrilled that Greg has won this award”

Nicola Stapleton-Tully
Workplace Development Award

Nicola Stapleton Tully

With more than 25 years of teaching experience, there is no doubt that our training manager, Nicola Stapleton-Tully, has a passion for training and developing people. This vocation was honoured at this year’s Great British Care Awards regional finals, when Nicola was awarded the Workplace Development Award.

Nicola’s passion and commitment ensures that all staff at Precious Homes are developed to their full potential. This ability to develop, deliver and evaluate training to fit the needs of our teams and the people they support makes a huge difference when it comes to enabling people to live the life they choose.

Becki Davis-Coxell, COO explains:

“Nicola has a passion for delivering training which is focussed achieving positive outcomes for the people we support. Her training helps our new starters to understand the needs of the people we support and embrace everything that we stand for at Precious Homes. Training and development is vital to delivering the best possible care and Nicola does it in a way that makes it engaging – and always with a smile on her face! Well done Nicola, we’re all very proud of you!”

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