RENFREWSHIRE was displaying its caring side a decade ago as it earned a number of prestigious awards.

Ailsa Care Services, based in Renfrew, was announced as the winner of the Trainer of the Year prize at the Scottish Care at Home Awards 2009.

At the same ceremony, Bishopton woman Sharon Orr won the Children and Families Employee of the Year Award.

And it was also a successful night for 42-year-old Inchinnan woman Mandy Ross, who was presented with a Regulation of Care Award (RoCA) by public health minister Shona Robison.

At the time, 27-year-old Sharon, who was working as a homecare supervisor at Ailsa Care Services, told of her delight at being named an award winner.

She said: “I’ve been in the industry for six years now and I really do love it.”

At the same prestigious awards ceremony, celebrating the brightest stars in the industry, Ailsa Care Services was selected from more than 200 entries to win its accolade.

Lynn Nelson, a director with the firm, said: “I am absolutely thrilled that Ailsa Care Services has won at the Scottish Care At Home Awards.

“This was the first time that we had ever received a nomination, so it really did come as a huge shock to us that we won.

“It’s a wonderful feeling to have received this recognition. It has really blown us all away.”

Mandy, from Paisley, was one of 40 staff honoured at the awards ceremony for their efforts in undertaking the RoCA course and improving care standards.

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