Word Worker press release:

Teenager Tom Kent has scooped the top spot at his company’s annual awards ceremony.

Tom, 19, has been named Care Newcomer of the Year by Stroud-based homecare provider DoCare. His colleague Clarissa Guyett won the company’s Support Worker of the Year award. Both will now be entered in the prestigious Great British Care Awards.

Tom, who works with the company’s Cirencester team, took up his career in care in October, after having a number of different jobs since leaving school.

“I didn’t do that well at school and left at 16, then did a few different jobs,” said Tom. “But I always wanted to look after people, so I thought care might be a good career for me and I really love it. One of my clients, Phyllis, is 103 and another is over 100 and I really love helping them.”

Clarissa joined DoCare’s Gloucester team in January 2015, and had already worked in care in Germany. She is passionate about the role. She is a huge hit with her clients and very supportive of colleagues, always happy to help out. “I love care, everyone says I have a big heart,” she said.

Director Steve Mills said: “It great to get together at these annual awards just to say thank you for all the team’s hard work. Well done to Clarissa and Tom, who are a real asset to the profession and great ambassadors for DoCare.”