The manager of an Ellesmere Port residential service has won a national award for her work.

Dreena Davies, who runs the 12-bed Rivacre residential home on Seymour Drive, has been recognised for her "tireless dedication" to supporting individuals with mental health issues and learning disabilities.

Chester-native Ms Davies picked up the title of Housing Manager of the Year at the national Housing With Care awards.

The judges praised her "unwavering mission to elevate Rivacre’s standards."

Receiving the accolade at a gala dinner at London’s Hilton Bankside Hotel, Ms Davies was praised at the awards presented by actor and comedian Steve Wells.

Ms Davies was applauded for consistently driving Rivacre to achieve 'Good' and 'Outstanding' ratings from the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

She has dedicated over a decade to working with Making Space, the national health and social care charity that operates Rivacre.

On her win, Ms Davies said: "It is fantastic to be recognised for the work I do, and receive this national manager award.

"I feel privileged as the registered manager at Rivacre House to share in the day to day lives of the people we support and seeing their continuous development and achievements.

"And to have such amazing colleagues, who are truly dedicated and aspire to providing care and support of the highest standard, is an honour."

Her manager, Shane Parnell, associate director of operations at Making Space, said: "Dreena lives and breathes for Rivacre.

"Maintaining and improving our CQC ratings are a personal mission for her, and she moulds the service to meet her own extremely high standards.

"Her leadership is warm, supportive, transparent and focused on helping everyone to be their best.

"Building confident, motivated, skilled and happy teams is integral to the Making Space commitment to ensuring everyone has a voice and feels valued, and Dreena exemplifies this.

"She has a vast level of knowledge in all aspects of care and management and she uses her experience to lead by example.

"Dreena works tirelessly and selflessly to support colleagues and ensure continuity and quality of care for residents.

"She is our blueprint of a perfect social care manager."

Victoria Wedge, a member of Ms Davies' team at Rivacre, was also recognised at the awards.

As a 'Highly Commended' finalist in the Care and Support Worker category, Ms Wedge was lauded by the judges for her "remarkable commitment to learning and growth."

Backing the success, Phil Orton, chief people officer at Making Space, added: "Our gold Investors in People accreditation is a testimony to managers like Dreena, who demonstrate inspiring leadership.

"She also acts as a beacon to others who have aspirations to lead and our People Plan embodies our commitment to developing more great leaders like Dreena in the future."