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Forty years of caring between them! That’s how long these two Trowbridge care workers have been looking after people with autism and learning disabilities

  • Teresa Hibbs and Vivienne Skinner each received an award for 20 years’ service
  • Teresa started at the Trowbridge care home, The Old Rectory, after spending time there as an agency worker
  • She’s now a manager at five Wiltshire-based care services and enjoys “seeing people achieve and get the most of out their lives”
  • Vivienne, Support Worker, says, “The best thing about my job is no two days are ever the same.”

A dedicated manager and a committed support worker of five Wiltshire-based care services have been presented with an award for 20 years’ service each.

Teresa Hibbs and Vivienne Skinner received their ‘Long Service Award’ for working across specialist services managed by Priory Adult Care, a provider of services for older people and working age adults with specialist needs.

Teresa first worked as an agency worker at a Trowbridge care home, The Old Rectory. Teresa said she decided to become a permanent member of staff 20 years ago because she “enjoyed supporting people and found the team really good to work with”.

Teresa has performed “virtually every role” at The Old Rectory, including cleaner, Support Worker, Team Leader and Deputy Manager.

Teresa became home manager of The Old Rectory and another Trowbridge home, Newtown, almost 12 years ago. She has since taken up this role at two other homes in the town, Park Street and Wingfield Road. She also leads Supporting You in Wiltshire, a ‘supported living’ service that helps people across Wiltshire live independently in their own homes.

Reflecting on her long service, Teresa said, “What I enjoy most about the role is seeing people achieve and get the most of out their lives.

“Over the last 20 years, people with learning disabilities have become more integrated into society, and they now feel part of the local community.”

Teresa has been proactive in developing links with the local community. She has developed ties with the local residents’ association in Trowbridge. The association now holds its annual summer garden party at The Old Rectory.

Vivienne Skinner, Support Worker across the Trowbridge services, also received the accolade for 20 years of service. When receiving the award she said, "The best thing about my job is the variety, working across the different services and no two days are ever the same. I hope to carry on working until 2025 when I will be 75!”

The Old Rectory, Wingfield Road, Park Street, Newtown and SYI Wiltshire are all managed by Priory Adult Care, a division within the renowned Priory Group, the mental healthcare specialists. All five services are rated ‘good’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the health and social care watchdog.

Rebekah Cresswell, Chief Operating Officer of Priory Adult Care, said: “It is a privilege to have Vivienne and Teresa as part of our organisation. They are very dedicated in what they do. They have committed 40 years of service between them to help people with autism and learning disabilities get the most they can from life. This is really honourable. Their great service means so much to the people they have supported over the years, and we are very lucky to have them.”