It was a night when the stars of social care shone brightly. The unsung heroes and heroines of the sector were recognised for their skill and dedication at the 14th annual Wales Care Awards.
The glittering ceremony at City Hall in Cardiff was hosted by the larger than life Radio Wales presenter and opera singer Wynne Evans, perhaps better known as the moustachioed Gio Compario from the Go Compare TV ads.
The Craig Thomas Lifetime Achievement Award went to Rhian Huws Williams, an “inspirational figure” to social care in Wales, for her many years of dedicated service..
A charity boss has received one of the highest possible honours at the social care Oscars.
Tracy Peers, the head of operations at St Asaph-based Cartref Ni Ltd, which supports 35 adults in Denbighshire, Conwy and Flintshire, won the coveted Spirit of Care Award at the Wales Care Awards.
Tracey, who has been the company for 21 years, also won a silver award for Leadership and Management in Support Living at the ceremony at City Hall in Cardiff.
Mother of two Tracy, 47, who lives in Prestatyn, has worked in the social care sector for 30 years.
According to Tracy, she is in a privileged position to help in providing a “person-centred approach” to assist people to lead independent lives, whatever challenges they face. (more…)
A care home lead nurse who loves to work with elderly people because of the rich memories they can share has been honoured in major national awards.
Sharon White, 53, who lives in Pwllgwaun, Pontypridd, is one of the longest serving staff members at The Hollies Care Home in Pontypridd, Rhondda Cynon Taff which is owned by the Welsh private care home group, SilverCrest.
According to Silvercrest, Sharon is highly respected by residents and colleagues alike for her wealth of experience and strong leadership qualities.
Over the past few years she has been working to ensure the success of special activities to help residents with dementia, including personalised information sheets for each bedroom door to enable them to more easily navigate their way through the home’s corridors. (more…)
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…)
A mental health pioneer has won one of the highest honours at the social care Oscars.
Lucy Wheen, who works with Bryn Melyn Care, Wrexham, brought home a Gold accolade, after being announced winner of The Peter Clarke Award For Promoting Excellence In Services For Children and Young People at the Wales Care Awards.
Her success was revealed at a glittering ceremony and dinner at Cardiff City Hall in front of an audience of hundreds of her peers from across the health and social care world. (more…)
A former dispensing optician who switched careers to work with older people has been rewarded for her efforts with a top industry award.
Louise Price, 39, scooped silver in the Exceptional Newcomer category of the Wales Care Awards 2016, run by Care Forum Wales. The award, sponsored by Coleg Cambria, was one of a series of gongs which acknowledge the hard work and exceptional performances of those in the care sector.
Louise, who works as a client liaison officer at Penpergwm House Residential Home in Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, collected her accolade at a glittering awards ceremony held at City Hall in Cardiff. (more…)
Winning a gold award at the 2016 Wales Care Awards was an all time career high for social care trainer Louise Davies Rae.
The glittering evening was made all the more memorable when she got to have her photograph taken with internationally known Welsh tenor, Wynne Evans, aka the opera singer Gio Compario from the television commercials for the fun-filled Gocompare.com insurance group advertising campaign.
Louise, who lives with her family in Bangor on Dee, near Wrexham, is a big fan of his and enthused: “He was fantastic and really entertaining as our compere for the evening. It made the night even more enjoyable. I shall never forget it.” (more…)
A Merthyr care worker has added to her growing collection of awards by taking silver at the social care Oscars.
Kelly Collard, a senior carer at Greenhill Manor home in Pentrebach, was among those honoured at this year’s Wales Care Awards, which are organised by Care Forum Wales to recognise exceptional practice in the care sector. MC for the event was opera singer and radio presenter Wynne Evans, also known as Gio Compario from the TV adverts for Go Compare.
Kelly, 35, who lives on the Gellideg Estate, won a silver award in the category for Residential Care Practitioner, sponsored by the Older People’s Commissioner. (more…)
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…)
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…)