Care workers in the Jewish community have scooped most of the titles in this year’s Barnet town hall Care Home awards.

The staff at homes run by the Jewish Care charity based in Golder’s Green took six of the 10 awards given by the local authority.

“These workers are doing incredible things for the people,” Barnet Council’s chief executive John Hooton said. “Their work is vital to ensure the care sector thrives and supports all our residents.”

Jewish Care’s Freedman House care home manager Mary Rabbitte received the ‘Holistic’ award for “showing compassion, kindness, care and understanding” in everything she and her team does for those living in the home at Friern Barnet and their families.

The organisation’s head of services Chipema Chitambala said: “Mary and her team go out of their way to find out what matters to the residents, understanding their emotional, psychological and spiritual needs as well their physical and medical requirements. It takes expert experience, especially when people are receiving end of life care.”

Christina Nimako-Bravo from the charity’s Living Well team took the ‘Activity Organiser’ award for setting up choirs, theatre plays and art groups “to support residents’ strengths and abilities”.

Her team manager Janice Galloway said: “Christina advocates their wellbeing as an exceptional activity professional. She nurtures residents’ talents and builds a sense of community for them to be involved.”

Christine Wachira won the ‘Front Line Leader’ award for her commitment at the Kun Mor and George Kiss home in Friern Barnet, for her communication with relatives.

Michael Williams received the ‘Care Home Worker’ award for his role at Jack Gardner House in Golder’s Green for people with mental health needs, where he has worked for 20 years.

Sima Mousa-Abadi’s “empathy, dedication and person-centred care” won her the ‘Extra Care Housing Worker’ award; she is a qualified homecare assistant at Selig Court retirement apartments in Golder's Green who gives personal care and support to the tenants.

Sonny Reyes received the ‘Care Home Chef’ award, after 20 years at the Otto Schiff care home and Selig Court retirement apartments. He helps train chefs to improve understanding of Jewish culturally-sensitive needs.

The town hall awards recognise “the achievements and exemplary work” of care staff working in the community.