Talking West Cheshire

Council Occupational Therapist wins prestigious Student of the Year honour

7 December 2010

Sarah Lawson with her degree and her Student of the Year awardThe Wrexham Uni-Glyndŵr University has awarded Sarah Lawson, an Occupational Therapist working for Cheshire West and Chester Council, the prestigious honour of Student of the Year in her chosen field.

Sarah has been studying for a BSc (Hons) in Occupational Therapy for the past four years and while studying worked part-time at the Council’s Hartford Independent Living Centre. Her award comes from the College of Occupational therapists and is for the whole of Wales.

She joined the Council in 2008 working as an administrator in the Equipment Service.

Her first introduction to occupational therapy was after one of her sons became ill and needed the help and support of an Occupational Therapist.

Sarah thought then that it was a career she would enjoy doing and to gain some experience of working as an OT she worked alongside a friend who is an Occupational Therapist. She enjoyed it so much that she decided to enrol for a degree at the Wrexham Uni-Glyndŵr University on a part-time basis.

Now based in Wyvern House in Winsford as an Occupational Therapist, Sarah said: “I am extremely proud to receive this award. It has made all the effort worthwhile.

“I really enjoy working as an Occupational Therapist. It’s great being able to help people to find ways to regain their independence and raise their health and wellbeing.

“People who have physical, mental or social problems as a result of an accident, illness or ageing, find real difficulty in doing daily activities like shopping or brushing their teeth, to more complex activities such as caring for children, studies or work. It’s nice to know that with my help, advice and support they can get their lives back on track.”

Councillor Dowding, Executive Member for Adult Social Care and Health said: “I am delighted to add my congratulations to Sarah on achieving this impressive award. It’s difficult juggling family and work life around study and it is a tremendous achievement for Sarah to succeed in this way.”

Helen Carey, Sarah's tutor added: “Sarah was an outstanding student. She was a pleasure to teach and I am glad she has been rewarded by the Student of the Year award.”

The Hartford Independent Living Centre offers a wide range of equipment and professional services to support people who need help to live independently, including people with disabilities and older people. For more information visit the Independent Living Centres page or call 01606 881980.