HUDDERSFIELD University students are celebrating coming top in a national writing competition.
Social work trainees Bradley Chambers and Michelle Parry won £700 after their training department at Kirklees Council suggested entering the competition.
They collected their prize at a special conference in Southampton.
The competition, called Are You Listening? The Service Users and Carers Voice, was open to social work degree course students and NVQ 2 and 3 candidates in health and social care.
It involved submitting a written evidence report of experiences that students met on their work placements.
Michelle, from Huddersfield, who worked at the local family support team, said: “It helps to imagine how others might be feeling during a meeting.
“If you take the time to consider whether they might be feeling uncomfortable or distressed it’s easier to reflect this when writing a report.’’
She added: “I was thrilled to discover I had won a national competition.
“It affirmed that the social work course is right for me.”
Chris Stogdon, principal lecturer in social work, said: “The competition assessed the thought processes that students go through as they try to respond to the needs of service users.
“The ability to show empathy is important, as the experiences and the views of service users and carers actively influences and develops the care offered.”