Denise Chéné

Senior Learner Awards
Yorkshire and the Humber

Denise Chéné says she is “a new woman at the age of 66” because of learning. With the support of her daughters after a painful divorce at the end of a long marriage, she was encouraged to take part in induction training at Crossroads Care in Harrogate. Her employer encouraged her to take an NVQ level 2 in Health and Social Care.

“I had not been allowed to do anything like this new learning before and my independence had been minimal,” says Denise. But she loved her job so much she decided to give it a try, and succeeded. “I feel so happy and positive. I hope I can go on forever in my job and continue to help the lives of the people I care for.”

Liz Winship, CEO of Crossroads Care Harrogate, Craven and York, says “Starting a new career as a Carer Support Worker and helping others has given Denise the strength she needed to see her way through her personal troubles and gain the strength to cope. Her life has been transformed due to her new learning achievements.”

Award Winner - Denise Chéné
“I feel so happy and positive. I hope I can go on forever in my job and continue to help the lives of the people I care for.”
Denise Chéné, 2011 Award Winner