WITH just a few days left for nominations in the Dignity in Care Awards, one past winner explains what motivates him in his role.

Joseph Ndori, a partner and care worker at Every Care Oxford, won the award for Care or Support Staff in 2017.

Mr Ndori, a former mental health worker for the NHS in Oxford, now provides home care for people across Oxfordshire and said to be recognised for doing a job he loves was a rewarding experience.

He said: "It was very nice to just be nominated.

"It's just about making a difference to people's lives and putting a smile on their faces.

"You can see the impact you have.

"For example when someone is grieving or going through a difficult time and you're there to support them, I find that very rewarding."

Mr Ndori said for him, a large part of dignity in care is helping people to remain at home, close to loved ones, rather than having to move into a care home, and this is his biggest motivation in the role.

Indeed, Mr Ndori was nominated by the husband of a client who said: "Being able to care for my wife for the rest of her days is my goal and it will be Joseph that I have to thank for it.

"When Joseph calls it is like a breath of fresh air."

Me Ndori added: "That's the motivation.

"There was one man who was supported by his family, his hands would shake and so he couldn't take his medicine by himself.

"But then his daughter left and he needed help.

"Going there and helping him maintain his independence in his own home was very special."

The Age UK Oxfordshire Dignity in Care Awards, which have been running since 2012, were set up to recognise and celebrate local individuals, care services and organisations who have gone the extra mile in delivering dignity in care for people.

The awards ask local people to nominate organisations, paid staff , unpaid carers and volunteers in one of seven categories; leadership; care or support service; care or support staff; compassionate communicator; inspiration award; unpaid carer or volunteer; and the Josie award for any individual who has made a difference.

Nominations for the Age UK Oxfordshire Dignity in Care Awards close on Monday.

For more information call 07827 235 405 or to complete a nomination form visit https/www.ageuk.org.uk/oxfordshire/