Edinburgh’s Ian Jeffries announced as Social Worker of the Year

Congratulations to Ian Jeffries who won Social Worker of the Year at SASW Social Work Awards last week.

The dedication and achievements of social workers from across Scotland were recognised when Childcare and Early Years Minister Maree Todd MSP presented the prestigious Awards in a ceremony held in Edinburgh on World Social Work Day (Tuesday, 20 March).

Ian, a social worker at Penumbra’s Alcohol Related Brain Damage unit at Milestone House and a Mental Health Officer with the City of Edinburgh Council, was nominated by his colleagues for the difference he has made to the lives of the people in Milestone House.

Ian’s involvement has made a huge difference to people’s lives. One person he worked with commented that without his dedication and initiative she would not have had the life changing opportunity she had on leaving the unit.

Speaking of his win, Ian said “It was a great surprise to learn that I was nominated for social worker of the year and I’m really chuffed to win. It feels strange to receive an individual award as Milestone has very much been a team effort with colleagues from Penumbra, NHS Lothian and the City of Edinburgh Council. Milestone offers recovery-based options for people with Alcohol Related Brain Damage that previously didn’t exist. It’s a really important service and I’m proud to have played a part in its development”

Welcoming Ian’s success,Cllr Ricky Henderson, Chair of the Edinburgh Integration Joint Board said: “This is fantastic news and congratulations to Ian on this achievement.

“These awards are a great way of recognising the really tremendous work in this profession and the contribution to the wellbeing of our city’s residents.”



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