Inspirational Rhian receives lifetime achievement award social care Oscars

An “inspirational figure” to social care in Wales has been honoured for her many years of dedicated service..

Rhian Huws Williams, who has retired after 15 years as the first chief executive of the Care Council for Wales last June, was presented with The Craig Thomas Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2016 Wales Care Awards, known as the Oscars of social care.

Rhian, who comes from Llannefydd near Denbigh, was a social worker and trainer before going on in 2001 to oversee the formation and then head up the Care Council, which independently regulates and develops the professional education and training of Wales’s social care workforce.

She played a leading role in devising its key policies and strategies and also sat on a number of influential government bodies in Wales and beyond. (more…)

Dynamic care home boss who’s not afraid to get his hands dirty takes gold in major national awards

A versatile care home manager who loves his job so much that he even likes to “muck in” with the cleaning and decorating has taken gold in major national awards.

Apart from being in charge at Y Gelli in Denbigh, a home for people with severe mental health problems, for more than 20 years Philip Williams is also a director of a mental health charity and skilfully guided its staff through a period of major change.

It is this dedicated and committed approach to his caring role that has helped 57-year-old Philip, who lives in Denbigh, to land gold in the Outstanding Service category, sponsored by Hallmark Care Homes, of the 2016 Wales Care Awards, known as the social care Oscars. (more…)

Caring dad is as good as gold

A caring dad of two who coaches an under 10 football team in his spare time has netted “gold” at the social care Oscars for his full-time job.

Phillip Stapley is project manager of a supported housing scheme in Swansea, where he is responsible for all aspects of the daily running of the house and the safeguarding of “adults at risk” who live there.

The 40-year-old worked previously as a massage therapist and sold the business before he started working in social care.

Phillip was presented with the gold Leadership and Management in Supported Living Award at the Wales Care Awards at City Hall in Cardiff. (more…)

Care home chef is as good as gold

A care home chef is enjoying the sweet taste of success after winning a gold accolade at the 2016 Wales Care Awards.

Patrick Johnstone, who has previously cooked with celebrity chef James Martin of TV’s Saturday Kitchen, was delighted to receive the top honour at a glittering ceremony at Cardiff City Hall.

He was presented with his award in front of an audience of his peers from across the country who sat down to a celebratory dinner. The MC for the evening was Welsh tenor and opera singer Wynne Evans, aka Gio Compario from television’s advertising campaign. (more…)

Sky-diving care home manager lands silver award

A go-getting care home manager has clinched a Silver award at the social care ‘Oscars’.

Patricia Brown was rewarded with one of the highest honours at the 2016 Wales Care Awards in recognition of her years of service during which she has risen to the highest of challenges – including doing a sky dive – to help those worse off than herself.

She was over the moon about receiving the award at a sparkling ceremony and dinner in Cardiff City Hall, where she was joined by hundreds of her peers from all over the country and from all branches of the care sector.

The evening’s compere was well known opera singer Wynne Evans, aka Gio Compario from the television adverts for Go Compare insurance group. (more…)

Ex-RAF airman propelled to care awards success

A former RAF serviceman who has flown up the career ladder since joining the care sector is celebrating winning a national award.

Neil Jeremiah, from Trebanos in Swansea, won the coveted Gold award in the Excellence in Mental Health category of the Wales Care Awards 2016, run by Care Forum Wales.

It is the icing on the cake of a flourishing care career, which has seen Neil transform support services for people with mental health needs and learning disabilities over the past 15 years.

The dad-of-two, who works as Area Operations Manager for Tracscare in Swansea, received his trophy at a glittering awards ceremony at City Hall in Cardiff.

“I was lost for words and humbled by it all,” said Neil, 45, who has two children aged six and five. (more…)

Artistic Mandy is as good as gold

An artistic nurse who has brought colour to the lives of residents at a Haverfordwest nursing home now has an extra colour – gold – on her palette.

Mandy Zatac, who joined the staff of Rickeston Mill Nursing Home 12 months ago, has created a series of colourful murals included a sea-themed lounge and a corner dedicated to film star Marilyn Monroe.

That helped her to gain a nomination for this year’s Wales Care Awards organised by Care Forum Wales to recognise exceptional standards in the care sector and at a ceremony in City Hall, Cardiff, she was presented with a gold award.

Mandy, 40, was nominated in the category for Excellence in Dementia Care, sponsored by FISC Healthcare. (more…)

Home manager who goes beyond the call of duty rushes to gold in national awards

A home manager who goes above and beyond the call of duty to improve the lives of the people with challenging behaviour has taken gold in major national awards.

Lynda Wenner, who lives in Newport and has been in charge of the specialised Ty Machen residential home in Machen near Caerphilly for the past five years, also prides herself on the strong family atmosphere she has created there with the individuals they support.

It is this dedicated approach to her caring role that has seen 52-year-old Lynda win gold in the Promoting Fulfilled Lives category, sponsored by Boots, of the 2016 Wales Care Awards, known as the social care Oscars (more…)

Housekeeper shines at national care Oscars

A housekeeper who comes from a long line of care workers has become the toast of the industry after winning a coveted national award.

Lynda Davies, who has been working at Crosfield House care home in Rhayader, Powys, for the past 15 years, said kindness and compassion were in her genes and that she couldn’t imagine herself doing any other job.

The 49-year-old, who has enjoyed a 30-year career in the industry, has now received national recognition for her sensitive approach and natural charm by scooping the prestigious gold award in the Wales Care Awards 2016. (more…)

Former rugby player on the ball at awards ceremony

A former rugby player’s prowess off the field in the care sector has led to him being a winner again.

Dedicated Luke Jenkins, 27, a married father-of-three, was recognised at the finals of the prestigious Wales Care Awards. He won silver after being shortlisted for the Promoting Fulfilled Lives award, sponsored by Boots.

Luke, who used to play on the wing for Dowlais and now coaches an under sevens team, is activities coordinator at Greenhill Manor care home in Duffryn Road, Pentrebach, Merthyr Tydfil. Former factory worker Luke, has been employed at Greenhill Manor since 2013 and has impressed colleagues in a short time. (more…)