Social Enterprise Leader awarded OBE in New Year’s Day Honours list

We are delighted that Claudia Sykes, CEO of Social Enterprise Kent and All Seasons Community Care, two prominent Kent-based social enterprises, has been awarded an OBE for services to the social enterprise and health and social care sector.  Claudia is honoured among an incredible list of over 1000 people, the majority for outstanding work in their communities.

In what has been an incredible year for both the health and social care industry and social enterprises alike, 2020 has seen people and communities overcome adversity.

All Seasons delivers over 4000 hours of care per week to vulnerable people living at home in the community.  Despite national worries over PPE, All Seasons’ 200+ care workers have continued to support their clients, and ensure that they get vital medication, care and support in order to stay out of residential homes and hospitals.  With families often unable to visit, the care workers’ role became even more important, and has been a lifeline for vulnerable people.

In 2020, Social Enterprise Kent has helped support over 20,000 people through our programmes including: helping people overcome loneliness and isolation, get meaningful employment, gain valuable skills through its training and voluntary sector support, and access vital services through its social prescribing arm.

Claudia Sykes says: “2020 has been an incredibly challenging year, and I have seen people and communities consistently go above and beyond the norm to support and look after each other.  It makes me incredibly proud that we help to make a difference to people’s lives each day.  I am very grateful to be recognised in the New Year Honours list and delighted that the work of these two special social enterprises has been acknowledged.”