Social worker humbled by national award

Brian Mitchell receives his award from Fran Fuller, of the British Association of Social Workers. Pictures by Matt Grayson & Felicity Crawshaw
Brian Mitchell receives his award from Fran Fuller, of the British Association of Social Workers. Pictures by Matt Grayson & Felicity Crawshaw
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A social worker from Calderdale Council has received national recognition by winning a top prize at the prestigious Social Worker of the Year Awards.

Brian Mitchell was named Practice Teacher of the Year during the awards ceremony at the Lancaster Hotel in London.

Brian’s nomination was made by a group of his students as a surprise.

He became a qualified practice teacher over 10 years ago and since joining Calderdale Council five years ago, he has provided support and guidance to over 30 social work students.

Speaking just after he collected his award, Brian said: “I’m truly, truly humbled to receive this award. I wasn’t expecting this at all so it’s a big shock, but I’m so happy and I’m thrilled to have won.”

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Adults, Health and Social Care, Coun Bob Metcalfe said: “We are delighted that one of our social workers has won this award, which is a fantastic achievement.

“It is a real credit to Brian and the work he has done.”