Catherine Sweeney – The Ancillary Worker Award
Catherine – lovingly known as Cat – led an extensive career in social care, healthcare, and social housing before joining Iris Care Group in 2022 as a Tenancy Liaison Officer.
Throughout her career Cat learned about the different complexities that can impact housing and benefits, and realised that with her experience, she could provide a unique type of support for people with complex needs with her transferable skillset and extensive knowledge of healthcare, housing, and benefits.
Cat now supports the people in our Supported Living services to confidently manage their tenancies and make informed decisions about their housing and finances, develop financial literacy, and tackle unresolved debt and underpaid benefits.
Beyond supporting the people in our services Cat has also been supporting our staff, and she went above and beyond for one staff member who unfortunately suffered a stroke this year.
As an overseas worker, the staff member was struggling to navigate a complicated and unfamiliar healthcare and housing system alone after their stroke. Cat jumped straight in to advocate for them and find medical care and housing support, drawing from her previous experience and specialist knowledge to help them access the support that they were entitled to.
With Cat’s assistance the staff member gained secure, stable accommodation that was more suited to their changing health needs, and the appropriate medical care they needed for their recovery.