Social worker Jenni contests top event
A SOCIAL worker from Lostwithiel has been shortlisted for a lifetime achievement award as a result of her outstanding work with children.
Jenni Randall, 64, was nominated for the award by former clients and will find out if she has been successful at the 2013 Social Worker of the Year Awards ceremony in London on November 29.
There are 49 finalists across 11 categories and the 11 winners will compete against each other for the overall 2013 Social Worker of the Year prize.
Mrs Randall said she was "delighted" "to be recognised by former clients and colleagues for her work.
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"These people that I've worked with value what I have done for them, and although it's always nice to win things, to me that's the most important thing in this case; it's what means the most to me," she said.
Mrs Randall, originally from Essex, has been working in care since 1968 and first worked with elderly people until she completed her training at Plymouth Polytechnic four years later.
"I originally wanted to be a theatre wardrobe mistress, but then after my A levels I went into care and the rest, as they say, is history," she said.
After completing her training in Plymouth, Mrs Randall returned to Essex where she began working with children.
"Throughout my career I have worked mostly with children in the public care system. I've been a manager and had other roles but frontline care is what I really like to do," she said.
Mrs Randall was nominated for her award by a former client, television producer David Akinsanya, who joined forces with her former colleagues at the Corve Lane community home in Essex to make the nomination.
"I've worked with David as a social worker since he was seven. He was one of the first children on my caseload and we've remained in touch ever since," she said.
"The fact the nomination comes from former clients means I've been doing something right."
Mrs Randall, who returned to the South West in 2000, is immensely proud of her achievements over the past 45 years.
"It's been a huge privilege to have worked with some amazing children and their families so I'm very proud to have done something to improve their lives."
Mrs Randall currently works as an associate at David Niven Associates in Plymouth and still does part-time independent care work and social work training.
Managing director David Niven said the company is "very proud" to be associated with Mrs Randall.
"She's never been into self-promotion but just is a very caring and professional person doing excellent work," Mr Niven said.
"She's one of our best trainers."