A singing care worker’s night in the limelight at the sector’s “Oscars” ended on a high note – after he won a top prize.
Rob Thomas, 31, from Bridgend, had his musical theatre dream dashed by major brain surgery at the age of 18 but he still goes out of his way to bring a smile to the residents of Picton Court, at Nottage, near Porthcawl,
His job as the activities organiser at the home, which provides residential, nursing and dementia care, is to brighten the lives of the 76 residents aged 60 to 103, by arranging activities and entertainment.
But recently Rob let someone else do the organising when he was nominated for a prestigious Wales Care Award. A glittering presentation evening at Cardiff City Hall saw him rewarded for his hard work and enthusiasm with a silver Promoting Fulfilled Lives Award, sponsored by Boots. (more…)
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…)
A keen baker who brings Masterchef competitions to a Swansea care home has picked up a top prize. Catrin Hooper reignited her own love of baking when she made a Swansea City Football Club cake for one of the residents at Sudbury House, in Ynystawe.
She recently held a successful cookery competition for the residents there which culminated in a shared feast featuring everything from a simple trifle to a complex chicken dish. After “hot” competition from across the country, she can now savour receiving the bronze award for leadership and management in supported living at the Wales Care Awards. (more…)