Ex-triathlon competitor wins gold in care awards final

A former triathlon competitor who became a care worker just 12 months ago has proven himself a national inspiration after scooping gold in the care industry ‘Oscars’.

James Colburn, who gave up his job as a chef to become a full-time care worker, is one of the youngest members of staff at Three Cliffs Care Home in Penmaen, Swansea.

But the 20-year-old care assistant has proven that age is no barrier when it comes to high-quality care and dedication after winning the top gong in the Wales Care Awards 2016. (more…)

Safety conscious Ian wins silver at prestigious care industry awards

A health and safety advisor whose coal mining family history inspired him to fight for workplace health has won a coveted care industry award.

Published author Ian Fisher scooped silver in the Innovation in Health and Safety category of the Wales Care Awards 2016, organised by Care Forum Wales. The prestigious national awards, run by Care Forum Wales, acknowledge the hard work and exceptional performances of those in the care sector.

The 60-year-old, who grew up in the coalmining town of Ripley in Derbyshire, collected the gong at a glittering ceremony at City Hall in Cardiff. (more…)

Former restaurant boss cooks up double gold at care Oscars

A care worker was just recovering  from the shock of winning a gold award at a glittering ceremony when she was called up to the stage a second time.

Former restaurant manager Helen Kermode was among the outstanding winners at this year’s Wales Care Awards, organised by Care Forum Wales to recognise exceptional practice in the sector.

Helen, who hails from Devon, won a gold award in the category for Residential Care Practitioner which was sponsored by the Older People’s Commissioner. She had just returned to her seat when she was named as the winner of the Dignity in Care Award for which nominees in all the categories were eligible. (more…)

Gold and silver awards at the double

A Nantyglo woman has enjoyed gold and silver celebrations within 48 hours.

For two days after her 50th birthday Helen Beecham was among the recipients at this year’s Wales Care Awards at a ceremony in City Hall, Cardiff at which the MC was opera singer and TV presenter Wynne Evans.

The awards are organised by Care Forum Wales to recognise exceptional work in the care sector and Helen won a silver award in the category for Leadership and Management in Residential Care Services. (more…)

Caring Gwenda is eggstra special

The manager of an Anglesey care home on a farm where residents collect the eggs and look after the animals has won a top award.

Farmer’s daughter Gwenda Potter was brought up next door to the Regard Partnership’s Beudygwyn Farm at Carreglefn, near Amlwch, where she now works and recalls the residents visiting her home.

Now her exceptional work helping vulnerable people has been recognised at the Wales Care Awards – the social care sector’s “Oscars.” (more…)

Caring Gina is as good as gold

A care worker who leads by example has captured a prestigious gold award.

Gina Ashby from Guilsfield was among the top prizewinners at this year’s Wales Care Awards, known as the social care Oscars. The ceremony took place at City Hall, Cardiff, and the MC for the evening was opera singer Wynne Evans, also known as Compario from the TV adverts for Go Compare.

The awards are organised by Care Forum Wales to recognise good practice in the care sector and Gina, who is a care assistant at the Rhallt Care Home in Welshpool, won gold in the category for Residential Care Practitioner. (more…)

Man of steel Gareth has heart of gold

A former steelworker who has had major heart surgery can now be said to have a heart of gold.

For Gareth Watkins was among those honoured in this year’s Wales Care Awards, organised by Care Forum Wales to recognise exceptional practice in the sector.

At a ceremony in City Hall, Cardiff, Gareth, from Pontypool, received a gold award in the category for Practitioner.

After leaving school he became an apprentice in the steel industry and went on to become a supervisor and section manager. He spent a total of 38 years in the industry, much of it in Llanwern. (more…)

Silver award for mum with heart of gold

A mum of two with a heart of gold now also has a touch of silver. Emma Ogden came away from a glittering ceremony at City Hall, Cardiff, with one of the major awards in this year’s Wales Care Awards, known as the social care Oscars.

The awards are organised by Care Forum Wales to highlight and reward exceptional practice in the care sector and Emma was shortlisted in the category for Supported Living or Small Group Community Living Care Practitioner. Her CV, which highlighted her diligence and compassion, so impressed the judges that she was presented with a silver award. (more…)

Dementia unit chief with a passion for her job strikes silver in major national awards

A dementia unit boss who says that one of the greatest rewards of her job is to hear the praise of residents’ relatives for the care they are receiving has struck silver in major national awards.

Romanian-born Cristina Poama, who lives in Welshpool, is a trained nurse who has been head of the Memory Lane dementia unit at Rhallt Care Home in the town since earlier this year.

She often goes above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that the standard of care provided is of the highest level and says she always tries to lead her team of over 25 staff by personal example. (more…)

Caring Chris who battled dyslexia takes silver at national awards

A care worker who refused to let dyslexia hold him back is celebrating winning a coveted industry award. Chris Gregory, who was diagnosed with dyslexia at the age of 12, scooped silver in the Commitment to Quality in Hospitality and Housekeeping award, sponsored by A Baldwins & Company, at the Wales Care Awards 2016.

Colleagues say Chris has transformed the lives of the residents living at Llanerchrugog Hall in Rhosllanerchrugog, Wrexham, where he has worked for the past 13 years.

The 36-year-old, who originally started his care career as a support worker and has worked his way up to the post of assistant manager of premises five years ago, collected his prestigious gong at a glittering ceremony at City Hall in Cardiff on Friday 21 October. (more…)