A Stranraer woman has been named Student Social Worker of the Year by the Scottish Association of Social Work.
Clare Edmondson, who now works as a children and families social worker for Dumfries and Galloway Council, received her award from Children and Young People Minister Aileen Campbell at a special ceremony in the Scottish National Gallery in Edinburgh.
Clare, 42, was a BA (Hons) social work student at the Open University when she completed her final placement at an adult learning disability team in Stranraer. Before her degree, she had worked as a social work administrator and family support worker.
Nominated for her work with people with complex health and social care needs, Clare is described as a “skillful communicator” with a wonderful approach and sense of humour who is very supportive of colleagues.
Clare said: “This award is a wonderful accolade. To receive this recognition at national level, especially among such skilled and equally deserving individuals, is a tremendous honour and brings a great sense of pride and achievement.
“The award is in recognition of the work I did with a young man who has cerebral palsy and profound learning disability. It was an absolute privilege and pleasure to be involved with him and something I will never forget. I am so happy that I was able to make a difference in his life.”
Aileen Campbell said all those who had been nominated were standard-bearers for their profession and a credit to Scotland.
“Social work is truly life-changing work. And it is also one of the most demanding and complex tasks which we as a society ask any group of people to do on our behalf,” she said.