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Participation and Mentoring Officer wins University of Worcester Award

Tuesday 3 December 2019 10.47am

Herefordshire Council and Hoople Training and Education are pleased to share the exciting news that Debbie Barnett, Participation and Mentoring Officer, received the ‘Outstanding mentor award for Social Work’ at this year’s annual Mentor Awards hosted by the University of Worcester.

Debbie’s most recent student, Jessica Warboys, submitted the nomination saying: “Deb has always been around during my placement and nothing has ever been too much to ask. She has helped me to develop as a student social worker by providing me with constant constructive feedback.”

Whilst mentoring Jessica through her first placement, Debbie supported her involvement with the Virtual School and STEPs team, where Jessica played a vital role in ensuring young people’s voices are heard.

Debbie said: “Jess was amazing; she made it really easy being a mentor for her.  It was lovely being awarded for something I love doing.  This award has reassured me that I must be doing something right in supporting others at the start of their careers.”

The black tie ceremony took place at the Worcester Arena in October, attended by award winners and guests, celebrating mentors and their teams from Worcestershire, Herefordshire and surrounding counties.

Student Social Work placements throughout Herefordshire are coordinated by Ruth Leak, Practice Learning Facilitator at Hoople Training and Education.

This year, Ruth has placed 30 social work students in local authority and voluntary sectors, ensuring students have suitable placements, as well as facilitating regular development group sessions for all students and their Practice Educators. Both sessions provide additional learning to that available in placement and offers opportunities for peer support.

Deb is planning to continue mentoring students in the near future to support student social workers within the Virtual Schools and Steps team.

Debbie Barnett (Pictured Left)