Claudia Sykes, CEO of Social Enterprise Kent and All Seasons Community Care, two prominent Kent-based social enterprises, has been awarded an OBE for services to the social enterprise and health and social care sectors. Claudia is honoured among an incredible list of over 1000 people, the majority for outstanding work in their communities.

In what has been an incredible year for both the health and social care industry and social enterprises alike, 2020 has seen people and communities overcome adversity and SEK and All Seasons is proud to have this hard work acknowledged through its leader.

Claudia Sykes says: “2020 has been an incredibly challenging year, and I have seen people and communities consistently go above and beyond the norm to support and look after each other. It makes me incredibly proud that we help to make a difference to people’s lives each day. I am very grateful to be recognised in the New Year Honours list and delighted that the work of these two special social enterprises has been acknowledged.”

Notes to Editors:

  1. For further information, please contact Rebecca Smith, Deputy CEO, T: 07742 918 920, E: r.smith@sekgroup.org.uk
  2. For more information about the New Year Honours list 2021, please see here: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/the-new-year-honours-2021
  3. Social Enterprise Kent helps people, communities, voluntary sector organisations and businesses to grow and achieve their potential. We do this by providing a range of services, including hands-on business and social enterprise training; employability support; training and people development; consortia/partnership working; social prescribing and community development. We are an ethical and innovative organisation focused on making positive changes to people’s lives and the community.
  4. In 2020, Social Enterprise Kent has helped support over 20,000 people through our programmes including: helping people overcome loneliness and isolation, get meaningful employment, gain valuable skills through its training and voluntary sector support, and access vital services through its social prescribing arm.
  5. All Seasons supports people to live independently in their own homes in Kent. All Seasons delivers over 4000 hours of care per week to vulnerable people living at home in the community. Despite national worries over PPE, All Seasons’ 200+ care workers have continued to support their clients, and ensure that they get vital medication, care and support in order to stay out of residential homes and hospitals. With families often unable to visit, the care workers’ role became even more important, and has been a lifeline for vulnerable people.