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Mental health nurse turned dementia worker gets award

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A former mental health nurse is celebrating after being recognised for improving the lives of others.

Roy Tomlinson was recently named compassionate carer of the year at the Making Space Awards, held to mark the national health and social care charity’s 35th anniversary.

“He is the first to volunteer to help anybody and expects nothing in return”

Cath Magee

He has been the manager of Making Space’s dementia carer information, advice and support service in North Yorkshire since 2015.

Commissioned by North Yorkshire County Council, the service operates in Craven, Northallerton and Scarborough.

He was nominated by his manager, Cath Magee, who said: “Roy is a compassionate carer of his service users and his colleagues.

“Nothing is too much to ask. He genuinely cares about those in his team,” she said. “He is the first to volunteer to help anybody and expects nothing in return.

“He is absolutely committed to developing services for people with dementia in North Yorkshire. He is steeped in good practice and is an expert when it comes to mental capacity and safeguarding matters,” she added.

The dementia support star was presented with his awards by TV presenter Bill Turnbull at a dinner at the Haliwell Jones Stadium in Warrington, Cheshire.

“We are very lucky to be able to recruit and retain such a high calibre of employees”

Rachel Peacock

Making Space was founded in 1982 to help improve the lives of those living with mental health conditions and their carers.

Since 2012, it has also operated not-for-profit services for people with physical support needs, older adults, adults with learning disabilities and people living with dementia.

The charity employs almost a thousand people around the UK and runs 180 adult health and social care services.

Making Space chief executive Rachel Peacock said: “We are very lucky to be able to recruit and retain such a high calibre of employees.

“The contribution made by each and every one of them means that we can provide the highest quality of care and support for our service users around the country,” she said.

“Our award winners, including Roy, are shining stars in a galaxy of commitment, innovation, passion and dedication,” she added.

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