Minister congratulates Ballymoney Day Centre on Best Kept Award

Health Minister Edwin Poots has congratulated staff and service users at a Ballymoney day centre for winning a 2012 SuperValu Best Kept Health and Social Care Facility Award.

Armour Day Centre, Ballymoney came runner up in the Daycare category of the awards for the Northern Health Trust Region.

The Minister was attending the presentation of the 2012 SuperValu Best Kept Health and Social Care Facility Awards recently, when he praised the winners for their commitment to the health and well-being of service users and staff. The prestigious awards are organised annually by the Northern Ireland Amenity Council (NIAC) and sponsored by independent retail group SuperValu, recognising facilities that are maintained to the highest environmental standard.

Almost 100 health and social care premises across Northern Ireland entered the SuperValu Best Kept Awards scheme this year and NIAC judges have been visiting the facilities since June to find the best kept medical practices, daycare centres, clinics and residential homes.

Winners were judged in three categories - Best Kept Day Care Facilities, Best Kept Residential Facilities and Best Kept Healthcare Facilities. NIAC judges inspected facilities for general tidiness, cleanliness and environmental enhancement.

Minister Poots said; “I would like to congratulate all of the winners in this year’s SuperValu Best Kept Health and Social Care Facility Awards, and applaud them for putting so much effort into maintaining and improving their indoor and outdoor spaces. The awards highlight the hard work of health and social care teams, along with their clients, as it is very often a joint effort, and their commitment to making the very best of their shared surroundings. A well-cared for environment makes a real difference to the well-being of service users, which is so important in a health and social care setting.”

Doreen Muskett MBE, Chairman of NIAC also praised the winners; “The SuperValu Best Kept Awards were established to encourage Northern Ireland’s health and social care facilities to enhance their premises for everyone who uses them. We would like to add our congratulations to the Minister’s and commend Armour Day Centre and all of the winning facilities on their success.”

All winners receive a personalized sign, a perpetual trophy and a monetary award towards future projects. Runners up receive a special framed certificate and a monetary prize.

For more information on the SuperValu Best Kept Awards contact NIAC on 9040 3681 or visit www.niacbestkept.com