Lynn Laughland, Managing Director of HRM Homecare Services, has been honoured at Scottish Care’s National Care At Home & Housing Support Awards with a special award recognising her significant contribution to the care sector.
Lynn, who has been at the helm of the Kilmarnock-headquartered company for nearly three decades, growing HRM Homecare into one of the largest care specialists in the country, received the Strategic Contribution Award at the ceremony in front of her industry peers at the Radisson Blu in Glasgow.
The award recognised Lynn’s huge contribution to the advancement and betterment of the care and support of older people, especially through leadership and involvement in the homecare sector.
For more than 28 years under Lynn’s leadership, HRM Homecare has provided high-quality care support and critical care services for those most in need, with life challenges including dementia. The company now supports 800 service users and provides more than 10,000 hours per week of support, while promoting independence and encouraging older people, children and families, plus adults with disabilities to continue to live well at home.
Lynn’s commitment to her own personal development has seen her achieve several qualifications including MScs in Social Work and Dementia Studies, and Post-Graduate Diplomas in Community Care and Social Services Leadership.
During COVID-19, Lynn grew the company’s workforce by 20%, which now stands at 295 people. During that period she has continued to provide guidance and support to those in involved in the industry. She has also set out her vision of how a growing, successful care sector could drive forward a different future that could see the sector become a significant economic driver for Scotland, providing thousands of new high-quality and well-paid jobs.
Lynn said: “I am deeply honoured to have received this award. For 28 years I have worked extremely hard to make HRM Homecare the best at what we do, so to receive such recognition of these efforts from my peers is indeed very humbling.
“I would like to pay tribute to the hard work and dedication of my staff, who continue to make a real difference to the lives of people, many of whom have severe life challenges. Working in care at home, particularly over the last two years throughout COVID-19, has been very challenging, but it has also been highly rewarding to see people in the sector rise to that challenge.”
Donald Macaskill, Chief Executive of Scottish Care, said: “Lynn’s award is hugely well deserved. She has been a voice of knowledge, understanding and reason not only for almost 30 years but also during the recent challenging period of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Now we are beginning to come out of the shadows of the pandemic and back into the daylight, she has turned her focus on beginning the process of creating a future for the sector that is different. In doing so she is helping the care industry start to shape a new tomorrow with our own hands, something that is vital to all our futures.”