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Crossmaglen SEC daycare facility scoops top award

wo local daycare providers have scooped the top two places in the annual Health Trusts’ Best Kept Health & Social Care awards. 

Crossmaglen Social Education Centre took the top title in the Daycare category for the Southern Healthcare Trust while Millview Resource Centre in Bessbrook was runner up in the same category.

Representatives from health and social facilities across Northern Ireland joined together at the prestigious Quality Innovation & Improvement Centre at Dundonald Hospital for the ceremony, sponsored by George Best City Airport and presented by the Northern Ireland Amenity Council (NIAC).

Crossmaglen Social Education Centre, who were awarded ‘Runner Up’ in last year’s awards, were praised by the judges for introducing their new outside seating area which welcomes service users and staff alike, to relax and enjoy the beautiful floral surroundings.

Crossmaglen Social Education Centre wins ‘Best of the Best Daycare Facility’ at annual Health and Social Care awards.  Pictured are Tracey Caharty, Philomena McArdle and Maureen Carvill from Crossmaglen Social Education Centre receiving their award from Charlie Smyth, Chairman of the Northern Ireland Amenity Council (NIAC), Seamus McGoran, Chief Executive of the South Eastern Healthcare Trust, Stephen Patton, CR and HR Manager at George Best,Belfast City Airport and Doreen Muskett, President of the NIAC.

The Best Kept Awards have been in operation for over 60 years – with the Best Kept Health & Social Facility being introduced as a category in 1995. The awards recognise the important work which helps to maintain health sites across Northern Ireland.

 The Awards include three categories: Residential, Daycare and Healthcare with winners crowned in each region.

Doreen Muskett, President of the Northern Ireland Amenity Council (NIAC) that host the Best Kept Awards, commented: “As always, the standard of applications received across all three competition categories was extremely high and judges faced a very difficult decision in choosing the overall winner.

“The Best Kept Health & Social Care initiative is a fantastic opportunity for facilities across Northern Ireland to work with service users to have a practical and positive effect on their direct environment.  We are extremely grateful to Belfast City Airport for its continued support this year.”

 Stephen Patton, Corporate Responsibility and HR Manager at Belfast City Airport, added: “Belfast City Airport is proud of its partnership with the NIAC and together we aim to encourage best practice whilst increasing awareness of the importance of our environment.

Millview Resource Centre, Bessbrook named as runner up in ‘Best of the Best Daycare Facility’ at annual awards.  Pictured are Philip O’Hanlon, John Sheehy and Catherine Kelly from Millview Resource Centre receiving their award from Charlie Smyth, Chairman of the Northern Ireland Amenity Council (NIAC), Seamus McGoran, Chief Executive of the South Eastern Healthcare Trust, Stephen Patton, CR and HR Manager at George Best Belfast City Airport and Doreen Muskett, President of the NIAC.

“At Belfast City Airport we pride ourselves on our strong corporate responsibility ethos and we always strive to make a positive contribution to our community – through our involvement in the ‘Best Kept’ Awards we hope to highlight the importance of volunteering and continuous improvement of healthcare facilities.”